Acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam Tuesday filed a bail application in the High Court Division.
He has been detained in a case under the controversial Section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act alleging that
he provoked school children’s movement for safety on roads.
International personalities including several Nobel laureates described Shahidul Alam as a ‘prisoner of conscience’ and demanded his immediate release.
A vacation bench of Justice Md Ruhul Quddus and Justice Khandaker Diliruzzaman would hear his bail petition today.
Shahidul Alam’s lawyer Sara Hossain appeared in the bench to seek a date for the hearing.
Sara told New Age that Shahidul Alam filed the bail application in the High Court Division after metropolitan sessions judge Imrul Kayes posted the bail application he filed on August 14 for hearing on September 11.
On August 20 judge Imrul Kayes rejected his lawyer’s request to hold an early hearing since Shahidul Alam had been ill in the jail.
On August 12 a metropolitan magistrate sent Shahidul Alam to the Dhaka Central Jail without hearing his lawyer after he was produced in the court after interrogations for seven days by the DB in its remand.
In his statement Shahidul Alam told the magistrate’s court said that he had been tortured physically and mentally in the custody since August 5 when the DB picked up from his home.
Sara Hossain told New Age that Shahidul Alam had been ill since he was picked up.
He was in good health before he was picked up, she said.
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