His six-month bail comes amid protests against the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed in prison
The High Court has granted six-months' bail to cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore in a case filed under Digital Security Act (DSA).
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order on Wednesday.
জামিন হল কার্টুনিস্ট কিশোরের। আফসোস থেকে গেল মুশতাক ভাইয়ের জন্য। সারাজীবন এই ব্যর্থতা বয়ে বেড়াতে হবে. Cartoonist Kishore gets bail from High Court. I wish Mushtaq Ahmed was alive and got him out as well.Posted by Jyotirmoy Barua on Tuesday, 2 March 2021
Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua represented Kishore while Deputy Attorney General Sarwar Hossain represented the state. “Now there’s no bar to release him from jail,” said Advocate Jyotirmoy Barua.
Responding to a question from a reporter, the lawyer hoped that Kishore will be released from jail within two or three days, reports UNB.
On March, 1, the High Court fixed March 3 for hearing on the bail petition of the cartoonist.
Kishore has been in jail since May last year following his arrest along with writer Mushtaq Ahmed, who died in prison, on charges of propagating disinformation against the government on social media in a case started by the Rapid Action Battalion.
Earlier on Sunday, Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Jashim rejected a remand petition for Kishore.
Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua also submitted an application before the Dhaka court where he stated that Kishore had been "inhumanely tortured" since his arrest last year, and steps should be taken against those responsible for the torture.
On February 23, the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police filed a petition seeking three-day remand for writer Mushtaq Ahmed and Ahmed Kabir Kishore, just two days before the former’s death in jail.
During March and April last year, his cartoons “Life in the Time of Corona,” satirizing the country’s response to Covid-19, were posted on Facebook.