Court keeps journalist Kajol’s bail pleas pending

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:37, Jun 15,2020


The courts of three metropolitan magistrates in Dhaka on Sunday kept the bail applications of detained journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol in three Digital Security Act cases pending until he was shown arrested in those cases.

Two of the magistrates heard the bail applications in online but kept them in case records without passing any orders.

Another magistrate refused to hear bail application of Kajol, now detained in Jashore Central Jail, saying that he was not shown arrested.

Kajol’s lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua told reporters that the jail authorities illegally detained the journalist as he was not shown arrested in the three cases after he was granted bail in boarder trespassing case and a Jashore court acquitted him in another case relating to his detention under Section 54 of Code of Criminal Procedure.

Jashore Central Jail superintendent Subrata Kumar Bala told New Age on Sunday that he on May 3 received two warrants from office of the Dhaka chief metropolitan magistrate that asked him to produce Kajol before the court in the Shere-E-Banglanagar police station on June 1 and in the Hazaribagh Police Station case on May 18.

Subrata said that Kajol could not be produced before the court as the Supreme Court forbid producing detained accused in courts.

The jail authorities had not authority to release Kajol until the Dhaka court withdrawn the warrant for producing him in courts or granted him bails.

He said that the jail authorities had no knowledge about the third case which was filed with the Kamrangirchhar police station as his lawyer saying. 

On May 3 missing journalist Kajol was sent to jail in the case filed by Boarder Guard Bangladesh for ‘trespassing’ into Bangladesh.

On May 3 morning Mamun Khan, officer in-charge of Benapole Port Police, said that BGB personnel handed over Shafiqul Islam to police.

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