Dhaka, Dec 18 (UNB) - The High Court on Tuesday granted bail to Barrister Mainul Hosein for six months in a case filed over defaming journalist Masuda Bhatti at a television talk show in October.
The High Court bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Zafar Ahmed passed the order.
There is no bar for his release if the government does not create obstacle by showing him arrested in other cases, Advocate Masud Rana, a lawyer of Mainul, said adding that with the current one Mainul secured bail in four cases.
Earlier on October 26, an Awami League leader filed the case with Gulshan Police Station.
According to the case statement, Mainul who was connected to a talk-show 'Ekattor Journal' through videoconferencing aired on Ekattor TV hosted by Mithila Farzana, made an 'offensive comment' against Masuda Bhatti on October 16.
He tarnished the image of Masuda Bhatti, the statement said.
During the talk-show, Masuda Bhatti asked Mainul, "You say that you're in the Jatiya Oikyafront as a citizen of the country but in social networking sites, many people are saying that you are there as a representative of Jamaat."
Angered with the comment, Mainul said, “I'm thanking you for your audacity and I want to believe you as 'characterless'. There's no question about Jamaat link's with me and what question you have asked is embarrassing for me.”