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SC to hear govt appeal in Shahidul Alam's case on April 11

  • Published at 02:32 pm March 25th, 2019
Shahidul Alam
File photo of Shahidul Alam Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

On March 14, the High court stayed the probe of Shahidul’s case for three months

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court will hear the petition filed by the government—seeking the continued investigation of a case filed against acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam —on April 11.

Chamber Judge Justice Hasan Foez Siddique, on Monday, sent the petition to a full bench hearing on that day following a petition filed by the state.

Attorney general Mahbubey Alam moved for the state, while Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua moved for Shahidul Alam in court.

Previously, on March 14, the High Court bench of Justices Sheikh Hassan Arif and Razik-Al-Jalil passed an interim order staying, for three months, the continuation of the investigations of Shahidul’s case.

Then, the state filed an appeal with the appellate division against the high court order.

The High court stayed the case proceedings after Shahidul Alam filed a writ petition with the High Court, challenging the legality of the case in which he suffered in jail for 107 days.

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In the petition, Shahidul appealed to stay the proceedings of the case filed against him under the controversial section 57 of the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Act.

On August 5 last year, Shahidul was picked up from his Dhanmondi home during a widespread demonstration for safe roads.

Police lodged the case against the 63-year-old under section 57 of the ICT Act and produced him before a Dhaka court the following day.

The arrest was made after Shahidul, also a social activist, gave an interview to Al Jazeera English where he criticized the government's role during the students’ movement on road safety.

Shahidul was then placed on a seven-day remand. Police charged him with “spreading propaganda and false information against the government”.

His arrest and imprisonment sparked outrage and condemnation at home and abroad.

Shahidul obtained permanent bail from the HC on November 15. He was released from Dhaka Central Jail on November 20.