Defaming PM: HC grants bail to Rajbari Mahila Dal leader

The High Court (HC) on Monday granted interim bail to Sonia Akter Smrity, a Mahila Dal leader of Rajbari, in a case filed over posting ‘offensive’ content on facebook against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.


Smrity, wife of Md Khokon Mia of No 3 Beradanga area of Rajbari Sadar, is a member of Jatiyatabadi Mahila Dal’s Rajbari district unit and founder president of Rajbari blood donors club.


The High Court bench of Justices Md Akram Hossain Chowdhury and Shahed Nuruddin passed the order.


Former Attorney General AJ Mohammad Ali stood for the accused during the hearing.


Police arrested Smrity on October 4 in a case filed under the Digital Security Act (DSA) for making posting offensive status on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Facebook .


Arefin Chowdhury, member secretary of Rajbari district Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote, lodged an FIR against her.


On October 5, Judge Kaisun Nahar Surma of Rajbari No 1 Judicial Magistrate Court rejected Smrity’s bail plea and ordered to send her to jail.


On October 26, Rajbari Sessions Judge Court also denied bail to Smrity which prompted her to seek bail from the HC.


Read more: Rajbari Mohila Dal member arrested under DSA for ‘comment on PM’


In her bail plea, Smrity requested the HC to consider her as a woman and a mother of two children.


According to the FIR, the accused BNP activist made insulting remarks about PM Sheikh Hasina, also president of the ruling Awami League, from her personal Facebook account in two separate statuses on August 31 and September 28.


“In the statuses Sriti wrote Sheikh Hasina threw abusive words to their leader Khaleda Zia, also prime minister of three times, while delivering speech,” according to the FIR.


“No sound word comes out of her (premier) mouth,” it said Sriti wrote in the posts.


Source: United News of Bangladesh