SC suspends lawyer Yunus Ali for ‘disparaging remarks’ on judiciary, orders BTRC to block Facebook account

  • Staff Correspondent,
    Published: 2020-09-27 15:32:56 BdST


The Supreme Court has barred lawyer Yunus Ali Akhand from practising in the High Court and the Appellate Division for two weeks for making 'disparaging remarks' about the judiciary on social media.

It also ordered the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, or BTRC, to block Ali’s Facebook account after removing the posts criticising the court.

A virtual Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain on Sunday also ordered him to appear in court to explain the matter on Oct 12.

Reacting to the court's ruling on the matter, senior advocates of the Supreme Court said this was "probably" the first time a court has ordered the authorities to block a person's Facebook account.

The decision came after Additional Attorney General Murad Reza brought Ali's Facebook posts to the court's attention on Sunday.

Reza denounced Ali’s remarks about the judiciary as ‘a serious contempt of court’.

Earlier in August, lawyer Syed Mamun Mahbub was also barred from practising in any court for making 'untoward comments' about the judiciary on social media.

The top court had issued a notice on him for contempt of court but Mahbub was let off after he offered an unconditional apology to the court.

Yunus Ali, who came into the limelight by filing writ petitions over various incidents in the country, ran unsuccessfully as a Jatiya Party candidate for the Dhaka-8 seat in the 2018 general elections.

He recently sparked controversy when he appealed for the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birth centenary.