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Musician Asif Akbar arrested for piracy under ICT act, denied bail

  • Published at 10:07 am June 6th, 2018
  • Last updated at 04:26 pm June 6th, 2018
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File photo of Asif Akbar Collected

Asif was detained from his studio in the FDC area in Dhaka on Wednesday

Popular singer Asif Akbar was arrested in a music piracy case filed by contemporary lyricist, composer, and singer Shafiq Tuhin under the Information and Communication Technology Act.

Asif was detained from his studio in the FDC area in Dhaka on Wednesday, Molla Nazrul Islam, special superintendent of police under the Criminal Investigation Department, told journalists.  

Four unidentified people have also been accused in the case filed with the Tejgaon Police Station on Monday.

Meanwhile, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Keshab Roy Chowdhury sent Asif to jail after rejecting an appeal for bail sought by his counsel. 

The court also rejected an application for five days of remand sought by Criminal Investigation Department Sub-inspector Pralay Roy for the accused.

According to the first information report (FIR), Tuhin, through an investigative report aired by a private television channel on June 1, had learned that Asif breached his trust by selling around 617 songs that Tuhin claims belong to him and many other musicians. 

Asif reportedly did not have the intellectual property rights of the songs he sold through hard copies and digital downloads, and he did not secure permission from original owners of the sold content. 

Learning this information, Tuhin posted a status on his Facebook page, mentioning that his songs were sold without his permission. 

Asif reportedly used his own Facebook account to post threatening replies to Tuhin.

Later, Asif made a Facebook live video for his followers, allegedly making derogatory comments against Tuhin, and urging his fans to “resist him wherever he is found.”

In the FIR, Tuhin further mentioned that several fans of Asif have threatened him on social media.