Defense pleader of acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam on Tuesday filed a bail petition with metro sessions judge’s court in a case filed under Information and Communication Technology Act and the court set September 11 for hearing the petition.
Metro sessions judge Imrul Kayes set the hearing date, Shahidul’s pleader advocate Zayedur Rahman confirmed.
Detective Branch of police remanded him in their custody for seven days amid criticism at home and abroad after his arrest on August 5 in the ICT Act case.
DB Inspector Arman Ali, who is investigating the case, produced Shahidul in the Chief Metropolitan Magistrates Court of Dhaka after remand on Sunday.
When the investigator sought orders to keep him in jail until the end of the investigation, metropolitan magistrate Fahd Bin Amin Chowdhury ordered Shahidul into jail.
Home secretary is scheduled to submit a report to the court within Monday whether Drik Gallery founder was tortured physically or mentally in police custody.
The High Court ordered the fresh report on Thursday after Sara Hossain, a lawyer for the petitioner, sought a fresh medical checkup on the photographer during the hearing of a writ petition filed by his wife Rahnuma Ahmed.
The first checkup conducted at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University following previous High Court orders was incomplete because no psychiatrist checked whether Shahidul was tortured in custody, the lawyer argued.
During the first checkup on Wednesday, the doctors ‘found no reason’ to admit him and the law enforcers took him back into their custody.
Shahidul, who is also the founder of Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, is a human-rights campaigner.
He went live on Facebook speaking on the clashes at Jigatala amidst student protests for road safety in August 4-5.
He criticised the government during an interview with Al Jazeera TV. His family told the media that he had been taken away from his home at Dhanmondi.
Later, DB charged him with attempting to spread ‘fear and panic’ over the internet using ‘fantastical and provocative lies’.
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