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Journalist Kajol denied bail in DSA case filed by Magura 1 MP

  • Published at 09:10 am August 24th, 2020
Missing journalist Kajol detained from Benapole border
File photo of Police escort Shafiqul Islam Kajol at a Khulna court on Sunday, May 3, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

Shown formally arrested in the cases, Kajol has been in jail since May

A Dhaka court has denied bail to photojournalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol in a case filed against him with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police station under the Digital Security Act (DSA).

Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge AKM Imrul Kayes rejected the bail petition when defence counsels placed it before the court on Monday morning.

Awami League Magura 1 parliamentarian Saifuzzaman Shikhor filed the case against Kajol and 31 others on charges of publishing a report with "false information."

Kajol and 30 others, including Manabzamin Editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, were accused in the case filed under the Digital Security Act (DSA) for publishing and sharing a news article on social media regarding expelled Jubo Mohila League leader Shamima Noor Papia.

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Kajol, who had previously worked as a photojournalist at national dailies such as the "Dainik Samakal" and "Banik Barta," is the editor of the fortnightly magazine "Pokkhokal." 

Three separate cases have been filed against Kajol with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Kamrangirchar, and Hazaribagh police stations under the Digital Security Act in March.

He went missing after leaving his office on March 10. After a 53-day disappearance, Kajol turned up in police custody on May 3 after the border guards arrested him on charges of illegal trespassing on the Benapole border in Jessore.

Shown formally arrested in the cases, Kajol has been in jail since May.

Although the court granted him bail in the case, he was sent to jail as Kotwali police brought another charge against Kajol under Section 54 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

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