Police arrest ‘friend’ of Mahiya Mahi in case filed by film actress

Police have arrested a ‘friend’ of Mahiya Mahi’s in a case the film actress filed, claiming defamation.

Arrested Shahriar Islam Shawon is being grilled for two days in police custody.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Masudur Rahman told bdnews24.com on Monday that Shawon would be produced before the court after the remand on Tuesday.

Mahi, whose actual name is Sharmin Akter Nipa, filed the case at Uttara West Police Station under Section 57 (2) of the ICT Act on May 27, two days after her marriage with Sylhet businessman Parvez Ahmed Opu.

The actress gave her age in the case files as 23 years.

Shawon was arrested at Badda on Saturday.  

The actress alleged some of her photos, close with Shawon, were published in some ‘online news portals’ and Facebook in a bid to ‘defame her and break her marriage’.

She said the photos were with only Shawon and named Shawon’s friends ‘Hasan’, Al Amin, ‘Khademul’ and cousin ‘Rezwan’ as suspects in the case.

“We are after the others,” the police official said.

The maximum penalty under the ICT Act’s Section 57 is a 14-year jail term and up to Tk 10 million fines.

Mahi did not take phone calls from bdnews24.com on Monday.

On Sunday, she told bdnews24.com there had been propaganda through various channels to defame her and she had taken legal steps against this.