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Digital Security Act: Charges pressed against Kajol

A Dhaka court on Wednesday took the charges into cognisance in a case filed against photojournalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol under the Digital Security Act (DSA) with Hazaribagh Police Station.

Cyber Tribunal Judge Mohammad Jaglul Hossain took the charges into cognisance and fixed April 22 for framing the charges.

The chargesheet was submitted at the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court on February 4, said Kajol’s lawyer Jahidur Rahman.

Usmi Ara Beli, Jubo Mohila League central member filed the case on March 10, 2020.

Earlier on December 25, last year Kajol was freed from Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj.

On December 17, the High Court granted bail to Kajol in two cases filed under the Digital Security Act, clearing the way for his release.

On November 24, last year, the journalist secured bail in another case filed against him under the same act.

The journalist had gone missing on March 10, 2020, a day after Magura 1 MP Saifuzzaman Shikhor filed a case against him and 30 others, including Manabzamin Editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury.

They were sued under the Digital Security Act over publishing and sharing of an article on social media about expelled Jubo Mohila League leader Shamima Noor Papia.

Also, two other cases were filed against Kajol with Kamrangir Char and Hazaribagh police stations under the same act on March 10 and March 11.

On May 3, Kajol had been shown as detained by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) along the Benapole border after 53-days of his disappearance and was produced before a Jashore court, which sent him to jail.

The journalist remained in jail since then.

Source: United News of Bangladesh