The High Court Division on Wednesday put off hearing bail application of detained acclaimed photographer and social activist Shahidul Alam for the 17th time since August 27.
Wednesday’s rescheduled hearing was deferred as attorney general Mahbubey Alam did not appear.
A bench of Justice Sheikh Abdul Awal and Justice Bhishmadev Chakrabortty put off the hearing as requested by assistant attorney general Md Ali Jinnah citing the ground that the attorney general was sick.
Since November 6, the current bench put off hearing Shahidul Alam’s
bail application for the 2nd time.
Appearing for Shahidul Alam, Supreme Court lawyer Sara Hossain vehemently opposed deferring the hearing once again.
She said it was not at all justifiable to put off the hearing for the 17th time since August 27, when 63-year old Shahidul Alam ‘has been languishing in jail for over 100 days’, without trial and with bail remaining elusive due to silly and illogical pretexts.
Sara submitted that Shahidul Alam’s bail application moved to 4th bench since August 27.
On August 5, the Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police picked up Shahidul Alam from his residence without showing any warrant or reason.
Later, the DB filed a case against him alleging that he had instigated schoolchildren’s movement for road safety.
Shahidul was also accused of giving call to overthrow the government in an interview with Al Jazeera.
Sara told reporters that thought the High Court Division at its November 1 hearing found out gross inconsistencies between the allegation made by the DB against Shahidul Alam quoting his interview with Al Jazeera and his video post on Facebook live and what he had actually said he remains a victim of arbitrary detention.
On November 1, a bench of Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice SM Mozibur Rahman, however, dropped Shahidul Alam’s bail application from the day’s cause list without citing any ground and advised his lawyers to move the bail application in another bench.
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