The High Court Division in a ruling on Sunday asked the government to explain in a week why acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam would not be granted bail.
A bench of Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice SM Mozibur Rahman issued the ruling after hearing Shahidul Alam’s bail application on three working days.
The bench issued the ruling on two grounds, the first being there was reason to believe that if tried he could be found not guilty and the 2nd being even if found guilty his minor offence would carry minimum sentence.
Supreme Court lawyer Sara Hossain submitted that the Detective Branch of the police falsely implicated Shahidul Alam in the case under Section 57 of the ICT Act by distorting the remarks he had made in facebook live even after seizing
his mobile phones and the laptop.
But granting bail to Shahidul Alam was vehemently opposed by attorney general Mahbubey Alam alleging that he committed offences under Section 57 of the ICT Act by making ‘false, misleading and provocative statements’ on facebook live to spread hatred against the government.
Even BNP never gave such statements against the government over the last 10 years as Shahidul Alam did on facebook live though he was not a politician.
In her submissions Sara Hossain protested against the attorney general’s remarks in which Shahidul Alam was described as an ordinary man from the street.
She reminded the attorney general that Shahidul Alam’s father Dr Kazi Abul Monsur won the Independence Award in 1996 and mother Dr Kazi Anwara Munsur won the Roqeya Padak in 1999 and that they took the awards from prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
Since August 27, Shahidul Alam’s bail application has been pending in the HC.
On August 5, Shahidul Alam was picked up by plainclothes police at his Dhanmondi home and ever since he has been denied interim bail.
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