The High Court on Wednesday asked the Dhaka chief metropolitan magistrate to send to it by 10:00am today the records of the case filed against acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam under the repealed Section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act 2006.
The bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil called for the records to examine under what authority the Detective Branch of police continued investigation into the case filed under the Section 57 of the 2006 act repealed the Digital Security Act 2018, deputy attorney general Mokhlesur Rahman told New Age.
The bench also deferred until Thursday morning the hearing in a writ petition filed by Shahidul Alam on March 3 challenging the legality of the Detective Branch investigation into the case filed with Ramna police station on August 6, 2018.
The hearing was deferred as attorney general Mahbubey Alam sought time for the second consecutive day to submit the record of the case, pending with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court.
Shahidul’s lawyers AF Hassan Ariff and Sara Hossain argued that the Detective Branch illegally continued the investigation into the case under the repealed section.
On August 5, 2017, DB personnel picked up 63-year Shahidul Alam from his Dhanmondi house without showing any warrant or the reason behind the high handed action against him.
Fifteen hours after he was picked up, the Detective Branch filed the case accusing him of instigating students’ protests for road safety in an interview with Al Jazeera and the video he had posted on Facebook live.
After 108 days’ detention in the Dhaka Central Jail, Shahidul was released on bail on November 20, 2018.
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