Famed actor and Nirapad Sarak Chai founder Ilias Kanchan on Wednesday filed a Tk100 crore defamation and compensation case against former shipping minister Shajahan Khan for making derogatory comments on him.
Dhaka's First Joint District Judge Utpal Bhattacharjee accepted the case and would hear it on Thursday.
Kanchan's lawyer Rezaul Karim said Shajahan made insulting comments on his client in a ceremony on December 5 last year.
The actor gave Shajahan a 24-hours ultimatum to withdraw the statement he had made, but the former shipping minister did not comply.
"The case has been filed because Shajahan did not apologise or could not produce evidence to support his statement," Rezaul said.
People are getting killed in road accidents every day. However, there are no initiatives to implement the new road safety act and reduce accidents. When Nirapad Sarak Chai announced a protest in this regard, Bangladesh Truck-Covered Van Owners and Workers Oikko Parishad in response called an indefinite protest on November 19 last year, according to the case statement.
During the protest, they put a garland of shoes around Kanchan's effigy and burned it.
A case was later filed against Shajahan, president of an association of owners and workers of trucks and covered vans, over the incident.