Shahidul Alam seeks HC bail

Shahidul Alam seeks HC bail

Dhaka, Aug 29 (Just News): Noted photographer Shahidul Alam has moved a petition with the High Court seeking bail in a case filed against him under Information Communication Technology (ICT) Act.

The High Court may hold hearing on the bail petition next week, Barrister Sarah Hossain, said a lawyer for Shahidul Alam, today.

Citing from the bail petition, Barrister Sarah told The Daily Star that petitions were filed with the lower court concerned seeking bail for Shahidul for two times but the court has refused to grant him bail in the case.

Shahidul then submitted the bail petition to the High Court on Tuesday.

The bail petition was included in today’s hearing list of the HC bench of Justice Md Ruhul Quddus and Khandaker Diliruzzaman. But the bench today said that they would hear the bail petition next week.

The photographer is behind bars on charges of “spreading propaganda and false information against the government”.

Shahidul, 63, was picked up by law enforcers on the night of August 5 from his Dhanmondi home.

The following day, he was placed on seven-day remand after police had produced him before a court seeking a 10-day remand. He told the court that he was tortured in custody, but the police denied the allegation.

He was sent to jail on August 13 on completion of his remand.

In response to a writ petition filed by his wife Rahnuma Ahmed on August 7, the High Court directed the authorities concerned to immediately send him to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, arrange his medical examination and submit a report by 10:30am on August 9.

The BSMMU authorities formed a four-member medical board to examine his health and mental condition. The board's report submitted to the HC mentioned that he was physically and mentally sound.