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DSA case against Kajol transferred to Cyber Tribunal

  • Published at 09:58 pm February 15th, 2021
Shafiqul Islam Kajol
Shafiqul Islam Kajol Collected

The case was filed in March last year by a female member of Bangladesh Jubo Mohila League

A complaint filed against photojournalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol under the Digital Security Act (DSA) with Hazaribagh police station in Dhaka, was referred to the Dhaka Cyber Tribunal (DCT) for trial on Monday.

All the case documents including the charge sheet were shifted to DCT to start the trial against Kajol.

Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate AM Zulfikar Hayat passed the order on Monday after scrutinizing the case dockets, court sources said.

Accepting the charge sheet in the case, Zulfikar sent the case documents to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) court for observation.

The trial will start with DCT after the tribunal’s Judge Md As-Shams Jaglul Hossain accepts the charge sheet in the case.

Md Russell Mollah, sub-inspector of Detective Branch of police and also the investigation officer of the case, pressed the charge sheet under section 25/26 and 29 of Digital Security Act, 2018, with CMM court on February 4.

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The case in question was filed by Usmin Ara Beli, a member of the central committee of the Bangladesh Jubo Mohila League, on March 10, 2020.

Kajol has also been named in two other similar cases filed with the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar and Kamrangirchar police stations in Dhaka.

After spending seven months behind the bars, Kajol walked out of jail on December 25, 2020 after securing bail from the High Court in the three cases filed against him. 

Kajol, who had previously worked as a photojournalist for national dailies like- Daily Samakal and Daily Bonik Barta, is also the editor of the fortnightly magazine Pokkhokal.

In March 2020 a digital security case was filed against him by Magura-1 MP Saifuzzaman Shikhor over a report on individuals involved in Shamima Noor Papia’s alleged escort services out of The Westin Dhaka.

Kajol was made co-accused with Daily Manab Zamin Editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, Manab Zamin reporter Al Amin and 29 other facebook users who commented on or shared the report.

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Two more digital security cases were filed with Hazaribagh and Kamrangirchar police stations on March 10 and 11 last year.

Kajol remained “missing” for about two months following the filing of the cases. His family filed a general diary with the police on March 12 as they were unable to reach him after he left his home in Dhaka’s Bakshibazar area on March 10.

After a 53-day disappearance, Kajol turned up in police custody on May 3 when the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) arrested him on charges of trespassing at Benapole border in Jessore.

Kajol had been in jail since then until he was released on bail in December last year.