An online magistrate court in Dhaka on Sunday allowed the Counter Terrorism and Transitional Crime Unit to interrogate journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol in its custody for two days in one of the three cases filed by Awami League leaders against him under the Digital Security Act.
Magistrate Debdas Chandra Adhikary gave the order after hearing in online CTTCU prayer to interrogate Kajol for 10 days in the second DSA case filed by local Juba Mahila League leader Osman Ara with Hazaribagh Police Station on March 10.
The magistrate also rejected Kajol’s bail application in the case which was filed after he was allegedly disappeared on March 10.
Kajal’s lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua prayed for bail opposing the prayer to question him stating that there was no need to interrogate him in custody during the COVID‑19 epidemic as all the information was gathered from his Facebook account during the time when he was missing for two months.
He said that Kajol was earlier shown arrested in the first case filed by Awami League’s member of parliament for Magura‑1 Saifuzzaman Shikhor with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station in Dhaka on March 9.
Shikhor alleged in his case against 32 people, including Kajol and Manabzamin editor-in-chief Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, that the accused defamed his character by publishing a report on crimes of expelled Narsingdi’s Juba Mahila League general secretary Shamima Nur Papiya.
Kajol was shown arrest by the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court 52 days after he was shifted to Dhaka Central Jail from the Jashore Central Jail on June 22.
Kazal was yet to show arrested in the third case filed with the Kamrangichar Police Station on March 10 under the Digital Security Act.
Kajol, who remained missing for 52 days, was sent to jail on May 3 in the case filed by Border Guard Bangladesh for ‘illegal trespassing’.
Earlier in the morning on the day BGB personnel handed Kajol over to the Banapole Port Police Station.
His lawyer said that the jail authorities had 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 the Section 54 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
Want stories like this in your inbox?
Sign up to exclusive daily email
More Stories from Country