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HC: Provide first division to Shahidul Alam in jail

  • Published at 08:15 pm September 5th, 2018
File photo of renowned photographer Shahidul Alam Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

On August 5, detectives arrested the noted photographer from his Dhanmondi residence

The High Court has directed the authorities concerned to provide first division to photographer Shahidul Alam in jail.

A bench of Justice Borhanuddin and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order on Wednesday after hearing a writ petition filed by Shahidul's lawyer, Sara Hossain.

The division facilities will include a bed, a table, a chair, a mosquito-net, a newspaper and better food.

Sara said they earlier filed the writ petition with a lower court seeking division and the court ordered proper steps as per the jail code.

"But Shahidul was not provided with the division facility in jail despite the court order. So, we filed the writ petition again with the High Court," Sara said.

The High Court ordered the home secretary and the inspector general of prisons to take necessary steps in this regard.

On Tuesday, a judge of a two-member High Court bench felt embarrassed to hear a bail petition filed by Shahidul, also managing director of Drik Gallery, in a case filed under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act.

The bench comprising Justice Md Ruhul Quddus and Justice Khandaker Dilurujjaman forwarded the petition to the Chief Justice for a decision.

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On August 5, detectives arrested Shahidul Alam from his Dhanmondi residence and a case was filed against him with Ramna police station on the following day. He was also placed on a seven-day remand in the case.

Police claimed that he had spread propaganda through his Facebook account during the student movement demanding safe roads.

Earlier on September 4, a High Court bench expressed embarrassment during the bail hearing of the eminent photographer. However, they did not disclose a reason for it. 

Regulations dictate that the case will now be forwarded to the chief justice, who will then decide on another High Court bench for the hearing of Shahidul’s bail plea.