HC orders to dispose of Shahidul's bail plea by today


Staff Reporter :
The High Court (HC) on Monday directed the lower court concerned to dispose of photographer Shahidul Alam's bail petition by today.
The High Court bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman passed the order after hearing a petition filed by Shahidul seeking bail in the case.
Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua, a lawyer for Shahidul, told the reporters that the bail petition was filed with the court of Metropolitan Sessions Judges on August 14.
The lower court will hear the bail petition of Shahidul on Tuesday, according to schedule.
The photographer is now in prison on charges of "spreading propaganda and false information against the government".
Shahidul, 63, was picked up by Law enforcers on the night of August 5 from his Dhanmondi residence.
The following day, he was placed on seven-day remand. He told the court that he was tortured in custody, the charge police denied.
He was sent to jail on August 13 on completion of his remand.
In response to a writ petition filed by his wife Rahnuma Ahmed on August 7, the High Court directed the government to immediately send him to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University for his treatment and submit a report on August 9 by 10:30 am.
The BSMMU authorities formed a four-member medical board to examine his health and mental condition. The board's report submitted to the HC stated that he was physically and mentally sound.