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Case under DSA: Hearing on Kajol's shown arrest petition on June 1

  • Published at 03:19 pm May 5th, 2020
Missing journalist Kajol detained from Benapole border
Police escort Shafiqul Islam Kajol at a Khulna court on Sunday, May 3, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

The court on that day will decide whether to show Kajol arrested in the case or not

A Dhaka court has set June 1 for hearing on a petition submitted by the police to show journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol arrested in a case filed under the Digital Security Act (DSA).

Metropolitan Magistrate Baki Billah passed the order on Sunday after granting the petition filed by the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). 

CTTC Inspector Motlubur Rahman, also the investigation officer of the case, submitted the petition with the court, while it asked the Jessore jail authorities to produce the journalist before it on June 1 pertaining to the case lodged by a ruling party lawmaker.

The court on that day will decide whether to show Kajol arrested in the case or not.

Sub-Inspector (SI) Md Ashaduzzaman, general recording officer (GRO) of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court in Dhaka, confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune on Tuesday.

Kajol, who had previously worked as a photojournalist at national dailies such as the "Dainik Samakal" and "Banik Barta," is the editor of the fortnightly magazine,"Pokkhokal."

After his 53-day disappearance, Kajol was detained by the members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at the Benapole border in Jessore on Sunday.

The journalist went missing on March 10, a day after the case was filed by Awami League's Magura 1 MP Saifuzzaman Shikhor with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police station in Dhaka.

Kajol and 30 others, including Manabzamin Editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, were accused in the case filed under the Digital Security Act (DSA) for publishing and sharing a news article on social media regarding expelled Jubo Mohila League leader Shamima Noor Papia.

Detained on charge of trespassing by the BGB, Kajol was produced before a Jessore court on Sunday.

Although the court granted him bail in the case, he was sent to jail as Kotwali police brought another charge against Kajol under Section 54 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

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