A court in Khulna yesterday rejected the bail petition of leftist leader Ruhul Amin in a case filed under the Digital Security Act (DSA).
Khulna Metropolitan Sessions Judge Shahidul Islam passed the order after Ruhul’s lawyer advocate Begum Akhter Jahan Ruku filed the petition on behalf of her client, said the lawyer.
On March 1, Khulna Metropolitan Magistrate Court-4 Judge Atiqus Samad had also rejected Ruhul’s bail prayer.
The new date for the submission of another bail petition will be fixed after filing of a new application, Ruku added.
The lawyer said the charges brought against Ruhul include spreading propaganda to tarnish the image of the country and spoil the government’s reputation, trying to destabalise law and order by spreading confusion and animosity among people using social media.
Meanwhile, leaders and activists of Sramik-Krishak, Chhatra-Janata Oikya Parishad in Khulna will form a human chain in front of Khulna Press Club this afternoon demanding the immediate release of Ruhul and abolishment of the “draconian” DSA.
Ruhul, coordinator of Sramik-Krishak, Chhatra-Janata Oikya Parishad in Khulna, was picked up by police from a home in Khulna city on February 27 after he uploaded a post on social media calling for a symbolic “coffin rally” towards Dhaka protesting the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed in custody.
The following day, Ruhul was shown arrested under the DS.
Writer Mushtaq died in custody recently after languishing in jail for over nine months in another case under the same act.
A Khulna court placed Ruhul on two days’ remand on February 27.
Source: The Daily Star