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Helena Jahangir gets bail in DSA case

  • Published at 04:45 pm November 24th, 2021
Helena Jahangir in RAB custody
Members of RAB-1 escort Helena Jahangir out of her residence in Dhaka, following a raid in her flat, in the early hours of Friday, July 30, 2021 Courtesy

Lawyer hopes she will be able to walk out of jail now

A Dhaka court has granted bail to expelled Awami League leader and businessperson Helena Jahangir in a case filed under the Digital Security Act with Gulshan police.

Dhaka’s Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Abu Bakar Siddiq passed the order on a bail bond of Tk10,000 on Wednesday.

“Now she can walk out of jail once the bail orders reach the jail authorities,” her counsel Barrister Zahirul Islam told Dhaka Tribune.

Also Read - Helena Jahangir gives confessional statement in two cases

On September 21, Helena Jahangir earlier got bail in two cases filed on charges of fraud and possession of drugs. Earlier, she secured bail in the other case filed under the Telecommunication Act on August 17.

Helena Jahangir lost her membership of the Awami League subcommittee on women affairs on July 25 over her involvement with the Awami Chakrijibi League, an organization with no affiliation with the ruling party. 

She was also removed from the position of advisor of the Awami League’s Comilla district unit.

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion arrested her during a raid at her Gulshan residence in the capital on August 3.

During the raid, RAB had seized a huge quantity of liquor, deer skin, poker equipment, walkie-talkies, foreign currencies, and knives from there.

Also Read - RAB: Helena Jahangir a ‘fame seeker’ who wants to go viral

After her arrest, RAB also raided the offices of IP television Joyjatra and sealed it off.

She is also accused of spreading false information, extortion, and other illegal activities, say police.

RAB also arrested two close associates of Helena Jahangir – identified as Hajera Khatun and Sanaullah Nuri –from Dhaka’s Gabtoli area. The duo used to defame important state institutions and individuals by spreading lies, propaganda, and misleading information using digital platforms.

Also Read - RAB: No valid documents for Helena Jahangir's Joyjatra IP TV office

On August 18, Helena Jahangir gave confessional statements in two cases filed with Gulshan police station — one under the Wildlife Protection Act and another under the Special Powers Act.

Helena confessed to RAB that she owned at least five garments in Narayanganj and has 17 flats in Uttara, Mirpur and Gulshan areas of the capital.

She is a director of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI), and affiliated with at least seven organizations and over a dozen clubs.  Her husband was a garments employee in 1990.

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