Dhaka, April 11: The High Court (HC) on Monday stayed the proceedings of 72 cases filed against The Daily Star Editor and Publisher Mahfuz Anam on several charges.
A HC bench of comprising Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice AKM Shahidul Huq passed the order, following a writ petition filed by Anam challenging the legality of the case proceedings.
The court also issued a rule upon the authorities concerned of the government to explain as to why the case proceedings should not be scrapped.
Barrister Rafiqul Haque moved for the petitioner.
A total of 83 lawsuits were filed against the editor in 53 districts. Seventeen among them are petitions that sought to sue Anam for sedition.