The petitioners had cited 20 high-profile instances of leaked conversations between 2013 and 2021
The High Court on Wednesday rejected a writ petition seeking an immediate probe into leaked telephonic conversations.
The petition was dismissed by the division bench of justices M Enayetur Rahim and Md Mostafizur Rahman.
Advocate Mohamamd Shishir Monir appeared for the petitioner while Attorney General AM Amin Uddin and Advocate Khandaker Reza-e-Rakib represented the state and the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), respectively.
On August 10, a group of 10 Supreme Court lawyers had filed a writ petition in the High Court seeking an investigation into leaked telephonic conversations.
Secretaries of Posts and Telecommunications, Information and Communications, and Telecommunications and Information Technology, and the BTRC chairman were made respondents to the petition.
UNB has learnt that the petitioners cited 20 high-profile instances of leaked telephonic conversations between 2013 and 2021 in their petition.
Conversations between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and then opposition leader Khaleda Zia, between Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader and BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, between late senior lawyer Moudud Ahmed and Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Nazmul Hasan were some of the notable instances cited by the petitioners.
Privacy of personal communications has been guaranteed under Article 43 of the constitution and it is a fundamental right of the citizens, according to the Supreme Court lawyers.
Besides, Section 30 (f) of the Telecommunications Regulation Act, 2001, ensures privacy of phone conversations, they had pointed out. And according to Section 71 of the same act, "phone tapping is a punishable offence".
A person convicted of this crime can be sentenced to a maximum of two years in jail or fined Tk5 crore.