The controversial law came under fire after writer Mushtaq Ahmed – arrested under Digital Security Act – died in police custody at Kashimpur jail
Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain on Sunday said the country’s image is the first priority, cautioning that bail prayers would not be considered if the country’s image is tarnished by one’s write-ups.
He came up with the caution during the hearing of a bail petition in a case filed under the Digital Security Act.
About the indecent and vulgar writings posted on social media, the chief justice said: “How do the educated people write those? People do satire in the United States too, but they do not write such vulgar words, which are used here.”
“All should remember that the country’s image is the first. If the country’s image is tarnished by one’s write-ups, his or her bail prayers will not be considered,” he warned.
An Appellate Division bench, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, upheld the judgment of the High Court that granted bail to Golam Sarwar of Sylhet, who was arrested in a case filed under the Digital Security Act, on humanitarian grounds.
Deputy Attorney General Biswajit Debnath represented the state during the hearing, while lawyer Md Asaduzzaman stood for the dependant.