HC bench ‘embarrassed’ to hear Shahidul’s bail plea

HC bench ‘embarrassed’ to hear Shahidul’s bail plea

Dhaka, Sep 4 (Just News): A High Court bench today felt “embarrassed” to hear the bail petition of internationally-noted photographer Shahidul Alam in connection with a case lodged under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act.

The bench of Justice Md Ruhul Quddus and Justice Khandaker Dilurujjaman, who was set to hear the petition, forwarded it to the chief justice for a decision.

The High Court bench did not disclose the reason why it felt embarrassed to hear the bail petition.

Barrister Sarah Hossain argued for Shahidul Alam.

The High Court yesterday deferred till today the hearing on the bail petition of Shahidul Alam, who’s release is now the demand of national and international quarters.

Yesterday, on the scheduled date of the bail hearing, the bench of Justice Md Ruhul Quddus and Justice Khandaker Diliruzzaman deferred the date following a time prayer moved by Attorney General Mahbubey Alam.

Shahidul Alam's counsels, barristers Sara Hossain and Jyotirmoy Barua, filed the bail petition with the HC on August 28, saying that he may be granted bail as he is physically ill, and that he will face trial proceedings and will not leave the country if granted bail in the case.

The eminent photographer was sent 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 home in the capital's Dhanmondi area.

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

Upon completion of his remand, he was sent to jail on August 13.