Published:  02:51 AM, 15 March 2019

HC stays probe into Shahidul Alam case

The High Court on Thursday has stayed an investigation into the case filed against photographer and activist Shahidul Alam under the Information and Communication Technology Act for three months.

The court also issued a rule seeking explanation from the authorities concerned as to why the investigation into the case should not be declared illegal and unconstitutional. Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil issued the rule following a writ petition filed by Shahidul Alam challenging the legality of the case.

Earlier on Wednesday, the HC sought the records of the case. Barrister AF Hasan Arif and Sara Hossain stood for Shahidul while Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and Deputy Attorney General Mokhlesur Rahman represented the state.

On March 3, Shahidul filed the writ petition challenging the legality of the case, in which he was behind bars for over three months.Acclaimed photographer Shahidul, 63, was picked up from his Dhanmondi residence by detectives on August 5 last year.

A case was filed against him with Ramna Police Station the next day for 'spreading propaganda' through Facebook during the student movement seeking safer roads.The High Court granted him bail on November 15 and he was released from jail on November 20 last.

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