Latif Siddique's bail petition rejected

Latif Siddique’s bail petition rejected


A Dhaka court on Sunday rejected bail petitions of former Minister Abdul Latif Siddique in seven cases filed for his derogatory remarks on Prophet (sm), Hajj and Tablighi Jamaat.
Judge Kamrul Hossain Molla of Dhaka’s Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court passed the order after Latif Siddique surrendered to his court seeking bail in the cases. Latif Siddiqui’s counsel Advocate Mosharraf Hossain Kajol filed the petitions.Latif was sued in the cases for hurting Hajj and Tablighi Jamaat while addressing a gathering of the expatriates of Tangail in New York on September 28 last year. Latif then said, “During Hajj, so much manpower is wasted. More than 20 lakh people have gone to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj. They have no work, no production and are offering only deduction.” His comments caused public outrage in different places of the country and a number of cases were lodged against him.
Latif was removed as the minister of posts, telecommunications and information technology after his comments were widely reported in the media. Later, he returned home from India at 8.40 pm on November 23 last year. Religious groups and political parties demanded his arrest after his return.
On November 26, he surrendered to Dhanmondi Police Station and he was then sent to the jail. – Court Correspondent


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