Published: Friday, July 26, 2013

Journo-beating MP

Rony lands in jail

Arrested lawmaker Rony being taken to a Dhaka court yesterday for his bail hearing. Photo: Banglar Chokh

Arrested lawmaker Rony being taken to a Dhaka court yesterday for his bail hearing. Photo: Banglar Chokh

Ruling party parliamentarian Golam Maula Rony was sent to jail yesterday, a day after his arrest in the capital for beating up two TV journalists.
When law enforcers produced him before a Dhaka court at 12:15pm, it rejected his bail prayer and ordered his imprisonment.
A lawmaker of Patuakhali-3 constituency, Rony is the first ruling party MP to be imprisoned under court orders.
Rony beat up Independent TV reporter Imtiaz Momin and cameraperson Mohsin Mukul at his Topkhana Road office on Saturday. The two are members of a team that produces a crime-investigative show, Talash, for the TV channel.
He was arrested at Baridhara by the Detective Branch of police on Wednesday after a metropolitan magistrate had ordered his arrest in a case filed by the TV channel for assaulting the two.
Rony was at the DB headquarters that night. He was kept in the court custody and not produced in the courtroom during yesterday’s hearing on the bail petition.
Rony’s counsel had filed the bail petition, saying all the charges except the one of attempted murder were bailable and claimed that no evidence could be found in support of that charge.
On the other hand, Abu Jafar, the investigation officer of the case, in his petition said Rony would hamper the investigation if he remained out on bail.
Police had not appealed for his remand since he was arrested following a court warrant, Jafar told The Daily Star.
“There is no other information to be extracted in this case, which is unlike theft cases. So, we did not need to place him on remand for further interrogation,” he added.
After hearing both the sides, Metropolitan Magistrate SM Ashiqur Rahman rejected the bail prayer and directed police to put him in jail.
Rony obtained ad interim bail on Sunday and it was cancelled on Wednesday, following an appeal by Yusuf Ali, assistant manager of the TV channel. He said Rony had threatened them to withdraw the case or face consequences.
Meanwhile, in his reaction to the attack on the two journalists, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said attacking the media people is an unforgivable offence.
“Whoever is involved in the offence, be they a minister or a parliamentarian, must face the court,” he told reporters after emerging from a working session with deputy commissioners at the secretariat.
Inu said, “Putting him [Rony] before the court reflected the government’s respect for the mass media. I hope you [journalists] would cooperate with us in establishing the rule of law.”

  • Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee

    An intelligent guess from an intelligent ponder who remains hidden behind their false identity often use the word BAL, what a mockery of decency, I suppose.

  • Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee

    I suppose Hyena would be proper animal in place of Dragon. What do you think?

  • Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee

    Soon this man will come out of the jail and will get a hero’s welcome. His popularity will soar to a undiminishing level and hope he will not be carried out overboard to that effect.

    • Wind

      If would be happen if he were a Tareque Rahamn .I think that might not happen .

  • Nasirullah Mridha,USA

    Rony declined to take hospitality of Ex home minister Babar on ground of Babar’s past in Kasimpur jail.Does not it similar of that adage-Kettle call up cauldron black?