Complainant Says He Dropped Charges of Affecting Religious Sentiment for “Personal Reasons”
The case accusing the famous Bangladeshi group “Meghdol” of having hurt religious feelings has been withdrawn.
Plaintiff Imrul Hasan asked the court on November 2 to drop the charges, when Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Moinul Islam accepted the petition.
Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune on Monday, Hasan, a lawyer, cited “personal reasons” for the withdrawal from the case.
On October 28, attorney Hasan filed a lawsuit after disputing the band’s lyrics for their song “Om”, in which he alleged that Meghdol distorted the essence of the Muslim prayer “Labbaik Allah Humma Labbaik” by incorporating modern musical instruments in their performance. .
The same court then ordered police to investigate after Hasan, who sued Baul singer Rita Dewan on similar charges, filed the complaint.
The complainant said in his complaint that he watched on YouTube the group’s October 22 performance of the “Concert Against Violence” at Dhaka University, where “drunk” and “disrespectful” group members sang the to “Labbaik Allah humma labbaik” with their musical instruments.
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Meghdol was founded in 2002 and officially started their journey with the release of “Om” in 2005. The group received a lot of praise with the release of their subsequent albums.
In February last year, Imrul Hasan sued Baul singer Rita Dewan and two others under the Digital Security Act on similar charges, undermining religious sensibilities.
Arrest warrants were issued for Rita, who subsequently obtained bail. The Dhaka Cyber Tribunal recently indicted the three men for making “derogatory comments” about religion and hurting people’s feelings during a performance.
The other two are Md Shahjahan and Md Iqbal Hossain.
According to case documents, Rita Dewan was playing a “Pala Gaan” with fellow artist Shah Alam Sarkar, where the topic of discussion was “Living beings versus the greatest”. The event took place on the night of December 10, 2019 at the residence of a certain Shahjahan Kabir in the Kalihati upazila in Tangail.
Shahjahan and Iqbal had uploaded Rita’s songs to their YouTube channels, according to case documents.