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HC grants bail to photographer Shahidul Alam


The High Court on Thursday granted bail to acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam, arrested in a case filed under Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act.

An High Court bench of Justice Sheikh Abdul Awal and Justice Bhismadev Chakrabarti gave the order.

His lawyer Sara Hossain said there is no restriction on his freedom from jail, reports bdnews24.com

Activist Shahidul Alam was arrested on August 5 for spreading rumour during student’s safe road movement and later named him in an ICT Act case.

His lawyers appealed to the Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court on Aug 14 when the Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court rejected his first bail petition.

The lawyers sought to bring the hearing date forward when the judge scheduled Sept 11 for the hearing of the bail plea.

They again appealed for interim bail for Shahidul on Aug 26 when the court declined to bring the date forward.

Shahidul’s lawyers went to the High Court on Aug 28, when the court declined to hear the bail petition.

Nobel laureates Desmond Tutu, Muhammad Yunus and Amartya Sen and many others at home and abroad demanded Shahidul’s release, saying the government is hindering the freedom of speech through his arrest.

The government, on the other hand, said Shahidul had “hatched a conspiracy to use the children campaigning for safer roads to create unrest in the country”.

Shahidul is the founder of the Drik Gallery, Pathshala and the South-Asian Media Institute. source: observerbd

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