A High Court bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday sought explanations why orders will not be issued to detain and try those behind the publication of an alleged conversation between a former ICT judge and an expatriate legal expert over Skype.
The bench comprising Justices AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury and Farid Ahmed issued the rule after hearing a petition submitted by a Supreme Court lawyer.
The court sought explanations in line with Article 43 (B) of the Constitution and sections 56 and 57 of the Information and Technology Act.
The court has directed the Ministry of Home Affairs, secretaries to home, law, information, post and telecommunications ministries, Supreme Court Registrar, Inspector General of Police, Deputy commissioner of Dhaka, Superintendent of Dhaka Police, Officer-in-Charge of Tejgaon Police Station to reply within two weeks.
Mohammad Azhar Ullah moved the court following publications of a series of excerpts from the reported conversation between former International Crimes Tribunal-1 chief Justice Mohammad Nizamul Huq and Brussels-based Ahmed Ziauddin. He sought actions against the daily for intrusions on privacy.
The bench also ordered the Executive Magistrate to initiate steps if the reports ran by the Bengali-language daily violated the Printing Presses and Publications Act.
The court also directed appropriate authorities to stop running ‘offensive reports’ based on information obtained by illegal means. It said the issue may be forwarded to the Press Council if necessary.
At the hearing, the court said the UK-based ‘News of the World’ had been shut and its Editor was put behind bars for committing cyber crimes although he was a close associate of the British Prime Minister. It said out that the publication of the conversation by Daily Amar Desh also fell under ‘cyber crime’.
After issuing the rule, the court said, it was a dire crime to repeat a crime.
ICT-1 Chairman Nizamul Huq resigned on Tuesday in the wake of the controversy.