A woman gave a judicial statement at a Dhaka court on Monday claiming that she had spoken several times with pro-BNP columnist Farhad Mazhar on the day of his alleged abduction.
She gave the judicial statement before Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Satyabrata Shikder as a witness in the abduction case under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
Sources said in her statement, the woman, whose name was not revealed due to the ongoing investigation, claimed that she had known Farhad for nearly 10 years, also hinting at having an extramarital affair with him.
She said on July 3, the day Farhad was allegedly abducted, she spoke to him on mobile phone several times throughout the day.
She also said when she asked if he was alright, Farhad assured her that he was okay and told her not worry about him.
Detective Branch Inspector Mahbubul Haque, who is investigating Farhad's abduction, produced the woman before the court, said Sub-Inspector Md Nizam Uddin, general recording officer of Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court.
An official familiar with the investigation said they would interrogate Farhad to verify the woman's claim once he was released from the hospital.
Farhad Mazhar went missing on early July 3 morning near his Shymoli residence in Dhaka and was rescued by a RAB team in Jessore around 11:30pm the same day.
He is currently undergoing treatment at the Birdem Hospital in Dhaka.