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Court directs police to produce journalist Kajol

  • Published at 01:23 pm June 16th, 2020
File photo: Police escort Shafiqul Islam Kajol at a Khulna court on Sunday, May 3, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

Kajol went missing on March 10, a day after a case was filed under the Digital Security Act by Awami League's Magura 1 MP Saifuzzaman Shikhor

A Dhaka court on Tuesday directed police to produce journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol before it on June 23, in a case filed with Sher-E-Bangla Nagar police station under the Digital Security Act (DSA).

It also directed Dhaka jail authorities to bring Kajol to Dhaka jail from Jessore jail.

The virtual court of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Jasim passed the order on Tuesday.

The court also mentioned that the show-arrest hearing was fixed on June 1 but it was not held as concerned authorities failed to produce journalist Kajol before the virtual court from Jessore jail.

Sub-Inspector (SI) Md Ashaduzzaman, general recording officer (GRO) of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court in Dhaka, confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune on Tuesday.

Earlier on May 5 Metropolitan Magistrate Baki Billah passed the order after Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) Inspector Motlubur Rahman, also the investigation officer of the case, submitted the petition with the court. At the time, the court had asked the Jessore jail authorities to produce the journalist before it on June 1.

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."

After his 53-day disappearance, Kajol was detained by the members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at the Benapole border in Jessore on May 3.

The journalist went missing on March 10, a day after a case was filed by Awami League's Magura 1 MP Saifuzzaman Shikhor with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police station in Dhaka on March 9.

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.

Detained on charge of trespassing by the BGB, Kajol was produced before a Jessore court on May 3.

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.

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

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