The High Court suspended the suspension order of Dinajpur Municipality Mayor Syed Jahangir Alam, who served a month’s imprisonment for contempt of court by making ‘offensive comments’ about a judge of the Appellate Division. At the same time, the court has issued a ruling asking why the order to dismiss him will not be invalid.
On Tuesday, Justice Mustafa Zaman Islam and Justice Md. Atabullah High Court gave this order along with the bench rule.
Apart from this, the court has fixed December 3 for hearing the rule.
It should be noted that Dinajpur Municipality Mayor Syed Jahangir Alam is the Assistant Organizing Secretary of Rangpur Division of BNP. A Dhaka court sentenced Khaleda Zia’s son Tariq Rahman to nine years and his wife Zubaida Rahman to three years in a corruption case on August 2. After the verdict, the party leaders held a protest meeting at Dinajpur BNP office. In that rally, it was alleged that Mayor Syed Jahangir Alam made ‘adverse’ comments about Appellate Division Justice M Inayetur Rahim.
The video of his speech went viral on social media including video streaming platform YouTube. Later four Supreme Court lawyers Haroon Or Rashid, Mahfuzur Rahman Roman, Md. Moniruzzaman Rana and Shafiq Raihan brought charges of contempt of court against Shaon Mayor in the court.
If a writ case is filed in this regard, the mayor is summoned. The Supreme Court ordered to show cause why disciplinary action should not be taken against him for contempt of court for making ‘adverse comments’ on matters pending before the Appellate Division. Accordingly, Jahangir appeared in the Appellate Division on August 24 and apologized. Later he was sentenced to 1 month imprisonment by a four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by the Chief Justice. Besides, the mayor was fined one lakh taka.
Then the mayor surrendered to the Dinajpur court and the judge sent him to jail. He was dismissed by the Ministry of Local Government on October 30 while in prison.