The Supreme Court yesterday stayed for eight weeks a High Court order that granted bail to Abul Asad, editor of Bangla daily Sangram, in a case filed under Digital Security Act on charges of "circulating provocative report and sedition".
Chamber judge of the SC's Appellate Division Justice Md Nuruzzaman passed the order following a petition moved by additional attorney general and acting attorney general Murad Reza, seeking stay on the HC bail order.
Asad cannot get released from jail following the SC stay order, Murad Reza told The Daily Star.
On September 23, the HC granted ad-interim bail to Asad, editor of Bangla daily Sangram, for one year. The HC bench of Justice Md Emdadul Huq and Justice Md Akram Hossain Chowdhury granted the bail.
Asad's lawyer Mohammad Shishir Manir told The Daily Star that his client is now in Kashimpur jail. A Dhaka court sent him to jail on December 14.
Afzal Hossain, a freedom fighter, filed the case with Hatirjheel Police Station. Police detained Asad on December 13 last year after mob vandalised the daily's office, over publishing a report that termed Quader Mollah, a "martyr".
Mollah, former assistant secretary general of Jamaat and known infamously as "The butcher of Mirpur" during the Liberation War, was hanged in 2013 after being convicted in a case by the SC for committing crimes against humanity during the war on September 17 that year.