Sued Under DSA: Journo Akib gets bail after 42 days in jail

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The High Court granted bail to Akib Hridoy, a local journalist in Kishoreganj, for six months yesterday, 42 days after he was arrested under the controversial Digital Security Act.

Md Sarwar Murshed Chowdhury, the then deputy commissioner of the district, filed the case with Kishoreganj Sadar Police Station on December 28 last year against Akib on charge of issuing threats and spreading hatred against him, executive magistrate concerned of a mobile court and police on Facebook live. 

Police arrested Akib, 28, who works as a Kishoreganj correspondent for Anand TV and an online media outlet, from his house in Ukilpara area of the district the same day.

The following day, police produced Akib before a magistrate’s court in connection with the case. The court sent him to jail without granting him bail in the case.

On January 25, the district and sessions judge’s court of Kishoreganj rejected a bail petition of Akib.

Seeking bail, he then submitted a petition to the HC through his lawyer Hatem Ali.

After hearing of the bail petition, HC bench of Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo yesterday granted bail to Akib for six months.

Deputy Attorney General Md Aminul Islam told The Daily Star that the state would not move any appeal before the Supreme Court’s Appellate Division challenging the HC order.

He said a mobile court fined Akib Tk 5,000 for running a motorcycle without licence on December 28. Then, he allegedly slammed the DC, the executive magistrate concerned and police personnel through a Facebook live programme, DAG Aminul said.

Lawyer Hatem could not be communicated for his comments on the issue.

Source: The Daily Star



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