Detained Khulna journalist Hedayet freed on bail

Staff Correspondent | Published: 19:59, Jan 03,2019 | Updated: 23:41, Jan 03,2019


Hedait Hossain Mollah

Khulna-based journalist Hedayet Hossain Mollah was on Thursday freed on bail he got in in a case under the draconian Digital Security Act.
An assistant returning officer filed the case with Batiyaghata police station in Khulna district alleging that he published ‘untrue information’ about election result of Khulna 1 constituency.
Khulna district and sessions’ judge Mashiur Rahman Chowdhury granted bail to Hedayet on the ground of his illness.
Batiyaghata police station officer-in-charge Md Mahabubur Rahman told New Age following orders from the Khulna judicial magistrate’s on Wednesday Hedayet was taken on three-day remand for interrogation.
The OC said that before his interrogation could be started as he complained about migraine pain Hedayet was immediately shifted to Batiyaghata Upazila Health Complex where he was given treatment at night.
On Thursday morning, he was produced in a court which sent him to jail.
Hedayet’s lawyer Masum Billah told New Age that his client then appealed to Khulna district and session’s judge court seeking bail on health ground.
He said that his client was freed on bail in the evening.
Hedayet, Khulna correspondent of Dhaka Tribune and Bangla Tribune and the city editor of Khulna-based daily, The Daily Prabaha, was arrested from Mativita area under Batiyaghata upazila on Tuesday, according to police .
Assistant returning officer and Batiyaghata upazila nirbahi officer Debashish Chowdhury filed the case against Hedayet and Daily Manabzamin’s Khulna correspondent Rashidul Islam under the draconian Digital Security Act for publishing ‘untrue information’.
The plaintiff alleged that though eighty per cent votes were cast in Khulna 1 constituency, comprising of Dacope and Batiyaghata upazilas in Khulna, according to report sent by the accused journalists the votes cast were 22,419 more than the total registered votes -- 2,59,420.

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