Kajol walked out of jail on bail after 237 days on December 25
A Dhaka court on Thursday deferred till November 8 the hearing on charge framing against photojournalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol in three cases filed under the Digital Security Act (DSA) in Dhaka.
As the judge of the Dhaka Cyber Tribunal, Md Ash-Shams Joglul Hossain, is on leave, acting judge Md Iqbal Hossain fixed the fresh date for indictment hearing.
Defense counsel Md Jaydur Rahman confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.
On March 9 last year, Awami League lawmaker from Magura-1 constituency Saifuzzaman Shikhor filed a case against Kajol and 31 others, including Daily Manab Zamin Editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police station.
He accused them of publishing a report with false information regarding expelled Jubo Mohila League leader Shamima Noor Papia — who had been arrested back in February on charges of smuggling counterfeit notes and sentenced to jail in October in an arms case — and circulating it on social media.
Two more cases were also filed against him under the DSA with Hazaribagh and Kamrangirchar police stations in Dhaka on March 10 and 11, respectively.
On March 10, Kajol went missing after leaving his office. After a 53-day disappearance, he turned up in police custody on May 3 after the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) arrested him on charges of trespassing at Benapole border in Jessore.
For seven months, he was denied bail several times by the lower court. Finally, the High Court granted him permanent bail in the three cases in November and December. He walked out of jail after 237 days on December 25.
On April 18 this year, Detective Branch (DB) of police submitted the charge sheet against the photojournalist, and dropped the names of 31 others from the charges, as their involvement was not found.