The High Court on Wednesday began hearing a writ petition challenging the action of two senior police officers in posting photographs of Shipra Devnath, a Stamford University student and a crew member of slain retired major Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan on social media.
The bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam began hearing the petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Manoj Kumar Bhowmick on Sunday.
Manoj told the court that Satkhira police superintendent Mostafizur Rahman and Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Police Bureau of Investigation police superintendent Mohammad Mizanur Rahman Shelley posted Shipra’s photographs along with provocative comments on Facebook.
He argued that the two police officials violated personal liberty and fundamental rights of Shipra.
He cited Article 32 of the constitution that stipulated, ‘No person shall be deprived of life or personal liberty save in accordance with law.’
The lawyer contended that the two police officials, by making derogatory comments about Shipra, also violated Article 7(1) of the constitution that stipulated, ‘All powers in the Republic belong to the people, and their exercise on behalf of the people shall be effected only under, and by the authority of, this constitution.’
During the hearing, the lawyer said, the court asked him whether he was an aggrieved person. He submitted that he was an aggrieved person as he is a Bangladeshi citizen and a Bangladeshi girl’s rights have been violated and Shipra is a symbol of a Bangladeshi female.
The court posted the matter for further hearing today.
Shipra was arrested along with fellow Stamford University student Shahedul Islam Sifat after the killing of Sinha in police firing on July 31.
Police had seized different materials, including Shipra’s lapot and computer devices, from Nilima Resort at Pechardi area under Ramu upazila in Cox’s Bazar district after Sinha’s killing.
Both Shipra and Sifat are now out on bail.
New Age correspondent in Cox’s Bazar reports that Cox’s Bazar police did not accept a case of Shipra under Digital Security Act against the two SPs and about 150 others for posting photographs and making derogatory comments about her on social media.
Shipra went to the police station Tuesday night to file the case but the officer-in-charge of Cox’s Bazar sadar police station Md Khairuzzaman advised her to file the case with Ramu police station or file it through the special tribunal, said Shipra’s lawyer Mahbubul Alam Tipu.
Shipra earlier in a video statement said that a fake Facebook and Instagram ID was made in her name where her doctored photos were posted.
Cox’s Bazar sadar OC Khairuzzaman told New Age that the plaintiff alleged that her photographs stored in computer devices she had lost from Nilima Resort had been doctored and posted on social media.
He said that he advised her to go to Ramu police station as her computer devices were seized by Ramu police.
Mahbubul said that his client did not go to Ramu police station as there was a writ petition pending in the High Court.
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