The High Court on Monday asked the government and the police to explain in two weeks why journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol would not be granted bail in one of the three cases filed by ruling Awami League men against him under the Digital Security Act.
Awami League lawmaker for Magura-1 Saifuzzaman Shikhor filed the case with the Sher-E-Bangla Nagar police station on March 9 and Kajol has been in the Dhaka central jail in connection with the case since March 23.
The HC asked the investigation officer to appear before it on November 12 to explain why he failed to submit his probe report in seven months although he is required to submit the report within 75 days as per the Digital Security Act, Kajol’s lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua told New Age.
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman issued the ruling after hearing a petition filed by Kajol seeking bail in the case.
Jyotirmoy said that the bail petitions of Kajol in the two other DSA cases awaited hearing by the High Court.
Kajol, who remained missing for 52 days, was sent to Jashore Central Jail on May 3 in the case filed by Board Guard Bangladesh for ‘illegal trespassing’.
Earlier, BGB personnel handed Kajol over to the Banapole port police station after picking him from a place near the border in Jashore.
Kajol went missing after he had left office on March 10, one day after lawmaker Saifuzzaman Shikhor filed the case against 32 people, including Kajol and Manabzamin editor-in-chief Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, alleging that the accused had defamed him by publishing and disseminating a report on crimes of expelled Narsingdi Juba Mahila League general secretary Shamima Nur Papiya.
Kajol was accused of defaming the lawmaker by sharing the report on his Facebook account.
On March 10, Hazaribagh unit Juba Mahila League leader Osman Ara filed the second defamation case against Kajol with the Hazaribagh police station over the same allegation of defaming Shikhor.
On March 11, the third defamation case was filed against Kajol with the Kamrangichar police station by another AL activist.
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