A Dhaka court today asked police to return 16 items including three computers, which were seized during a raid at the office of the Bangla daily Inqilab 17 days back.
Metropolitan Magistrate Shamsul Arefin passed the order in response to a petition filed by defence lawyer advocate Ripon (full name could not be known) seeking direction upon the law enforcers to return the seized items.
Police seized three computers and different other items during a raid at the Inqilab office after a case was filed against its journalists for publishing “baseless” news that Indian forces took part in operations in Satkhira ahead of the January 5 polls.
On the night, the detectives also picked up three journalists of Inqilab, sealed off the press, plate-making and server rooms, and seized three computers.
The three journalists are News Editor Rabiullah Rabi, Deputy Chief Reporter Rafiq Mohammad and Diplomatic Correspondent Ahmed Atique.
The newspaper authorities later on its online version have apologised for publishing the report.
The law enforcers however unsealed the printing press on Ram Krishna Mission Road at Motijheel in the capital around 6:45pm yesterday, paving the way for the resumption of its publication.