SC upholds HC order on Adilur's bail

SC upholds HC order on Adilur’s bail


The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the High Court order that earlier granted six months bail to Adilur Rahman Khan, secretary of rights organisation Odhikar, in a case filed against him under the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Act.   Appellate Division chamber judge, Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order dismissing a petition filed by the government against the HC order.   Earlier on Tuesday, the High Court granted six-month bail to Adilur Rahman Khan.   On September 4, the charge was framed against the rights activist for publishing ‘fake, distorted and defamatory’ information under section 57 (1) (2) of the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Act.   Odhikar on June 10 published a report, titled ‘Assembly of Hefajat-e-Islam Bangladesh and Human Rights Violations’, claiming that it had collected the names of 61 people killed during the ‘evacuation’ by law enforcers at Shapla Chattar in the city’s Motijheel.   On the day, the Information Ministry had written to Odhikar seeking the names and details of the 61 ‘deceased’ persons as claimed in the report, but Odhikar declined to comply.   On August 10, plainclothes police arrested Adilur Rahman Khan from near his Gulshan residence. A Dhaka court rejected a bail petition of Adilur on September 25. – UNB



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