The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday upheld the High Court order that had granted bail to acting editor of vernacular Daily Amardesh Mahmudur Rahman in a case filed under ICT Act.
The case was filed in 2012 against him under the Information and Communication Technology Act for publishing a report on the Skype conversation between an International Crimes Tribunal judge and a Brussels-based lawyer.
Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha led appeals bench scrapped the State’s plea against High Court’s bail on Sunday. Rahman’s counsels said that there is no more legal hurdle left and he can now be released from jail.
“There is no legal bar for Mahmudur Rahman to release from the jail following the apex court order. As far as I know, he secured bails in other cases against him,” Advocate Md Salehuddin, one of the counsel for Mahmudur Rahman told reporters after the apex court order.
In response to a bail petition, the HC on January 21 this year granted bail to Mahmudur Rahman in the case.
Later, the government filed an appeal with the apex court for staying the operation of the HC order. But, after hearing on the appeal the apex court yesterday upheld the HC order.
Mahmudur was arrested on April 11, 2013 on charge of sedition for publishing a Skype conversation between an International Crimes Tribunal judge and an external consultant in December 2012. Since then he was in jail.
On August 13, 2015, Mahmudur was jailed for three years for failing to submit his wealth statement to the Anti-Corruption Commission by the deadline set by the commission while he was behind the bars. – Staff Reporter