The High Court (HC) yesterday asked the authorities concerned to immediately produce the records of the case filed against internationally-acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam under section 57 of the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Act.
The bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil passed the order while hearing a writ petition filed by Shahidul, challenging the proceedings of the case.
On March 3, Shahidul filed a writ petition, challenging the legality of the case, in which he was imprisoned for 107 days.
In the petition, he sought stay on the proceedings saying that it was filed against him “in violation of his fundamental rights and by abusing the process”.
Talking to The Daily Star, his lawyer Barrister Sara Hossain said, the officials were asked to produce the case records before the bench by yesterday.
However, no further details regarding producing the documents could be known immediately.
The court set today for holding a further hearing on the writ petition, said Barrister Sara.
On August 5 last year, Shahidul, also the founder of Drik Gallery and Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, was picked up from his Dhanmondi home during a widespread demonstration for safe roads.
Police lodged the case against the 63-year-old under section 57 of the ICT Act and produced him before a Dhaka court the following day.
On November 15 last year, HC granted bail to Shahidul, while he was released from Dhaka jail on November 20.