Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Tuesday said Barrister Mainul Hosein was not arrested for any political reason but for using degretory words at journalist Masuda Bhatti.
He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after inaugurating the app-based emergency ambulance service across the country at KIB Convention Hall at Khamarbari in the city in the evening.
When his attention was drawn at the BNP's allegation that Mainul was arrested for political reason, the Home Minister said, "All of you (journalists) know it well that women of different places filed several cases against him (Mainul) for hurling abusive words at journalist Masuda Bhatti. Mainul was arrested in connection with the defamation case which was filed in Rangpur."
Earlier on Monday night, a team of Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested the former caretaker government adviser from the capital's Uttara area in the defamation case filed in Rangpur district.
On Tuesday morning, he was sent to jail by a court in Dhaka, according to UNB.
Seven cases have so far been filed - one each in Cox's Bazar, Dhaka, Jamalpur, Cumilla, Rangpur, Brahmanbaria and Bhola -- against Barrister Mainul Hosein for his choice of abusive words.