Atiqullah Khan Masud Editor and Publisher of daily Janakantha and Executive Editor Swadesh Roy were found guilty by the Supreme Court of contempt of court.
The six-member bench of the Appellate Division ordered them to keep standing in the courtroom till the rising of the court.
The duo was fined Tk 10,000 each and was ordered to submit the money to two charitable organizations. In default, they shall be liable to undergo imprisonment for a period of seven days.
The bench on Monday had fixed Thursday to pass an order on the contempt of court rule.
A four-member bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha on Sunday heard the attorney general and the defense counsel and fixed Monday for the larger hearing.
The apex court issued the contempt rule against the newspaper Editor and Publisher Atiqullah Khan Masud and its Executive Editor Swadesh Roy on July 29 centering an article that was published on July 16.
The article published on the Bengali daily on the 16th of July stated that SQ Chowdhury’s family had met one of the judges dealing with the war criminals appeal. The contempt rule was issued after the apex court upheld the death penalty given by a war crimes tribunal.
In the article, Swadesh Roy wrote, “Is this the end of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, the ruthless killer of 1971? SQ is one of those traitors who had the biggest bath with the blood of innocent Bangladeshis. The Appellate Division will deliver verdict in this war criminal’s appeal on July 29. Father Mujib! Your daughter still has to stand with her back pushed to a crucifix.”
“If that is not so, then how can the people from Salauddin Quader Chowdhury’s family meet one of the judges hearing the trial? How are they able to reach the judge? Is it through ISI or ULFA or any other way? Does any justice ever meet a member from any of the victims’ families? Does the judge’s ethic allow this?
“Why does the Sheikh Hasina government need to prevent some judges from going on a foreign tour? A tour initiated by the organization of Jamaat-BNP.”