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HC's virtual bench rejects bail for Songram editor

  • Published at 01:40 pm May 13th, 2020
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File photo of the Bangladesh Supreme Court Dhaka Tribune

Advocate Mohammad Shishir Monir joined the hearing on behalf of Asad, while deputy Attorney General Mahbubey Alam joined to represented the state

The High Court has rejected the bail petition of Abul Asad, editor of Bangla daily Sangram, who was arrested in a case filed over circulating provocative reports and sedition.

The High Court's virtual bench of Justice Jahangir Hossain rejected the bail after hearing from lawyers of both the petitioner and the state on Wednesday.

The court also ordered the petitioner’s lawyer to go to the regular High Court bench.

Advocate Mohammad Shishir Monir joined the hearing on behalf of Asad, while deputy Attorney General Mahbubey Alam represented the state.

Shishir Monir said that they have urged the court to consider three grounds for this bail. Firstly, the editor is a sick, aged person who needs surgery in his right eye. Secondly, the case was filed under the digital security act but all of the alleged reports were printed only in the printed version of the newspaper. Finally, the allegation of sedition mentioned in the first information report (FIR) was not lawful since it failed to follow correct procedures.

Police took Abul Asad into custody on December 13 after a mob vandalized the office of the daily over terming the executed war criminal Abdul Quader Mollah a "martyr" in a news published in the paper.

The arrest came after Afzal Hossain, a freedom fighter, filed the case with Hatirjheel Police Station under the Digital Security Act.

After one day, a Dhaka court granted remand for him in a case filed with Hatirjheel Police Station under the Digital Security Act.

After completing the remand, the court sent him to jail on December 18.

Known as the "Butcher of Mirpur" during the Liberation War, Quader Molla was hanged on December 12, 2013, for committing crimes against humanity in 1971. The execution was carried out three days before Bangladesh celebrated the 42nd anniversary of Victory Day.

Quader Molla was also the former assistant secretary general of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.

A mouthpiece of Jamaat, Daily Sangram published the report on its front page with the headline: "Today is the sixth martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed Abdul Quader Molla."

Quader Molla was also the executive editor of Daily Sangram.

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