Digital Security Act: Journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol denied bail

Photojournalist Kajol
Shafiqul Islam Kajol . Photo: Collected

A virtual court in Dhaka today rejected a bail petition of photojournalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol in a case filed against him with Kamrangirchar Police Station under the Digital Security Act.

Metropolitan Magistrate Baki Billah of Virtual Court-6 passed the order after Kajol's lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua submitted a petition seeking bail through an email.

Earlier on Tuesday, Kajol was shown arrested in the case after Md Rassel Mollah, a sub-inspector of detective branch (DB) of police and also the investigation officer of the case, submitted an application on July 22.

On March 11, Sumaiya Chowdhury Banna, member of Bangladesh Jubo Mahila League's Central Committee, filed the case against Kajol under the DSA.

On June 23, Kajol was shown arrested in a case filed against him with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station. The case was filed by ruling party lawmaker from Magura-1 Saifuzzaman Shikhor.

On June 28, Kajol was placed on a two-day remand in another case filed on March 10 with Hazaribagh Police Station by Usmin Ara Beli, a member of Bangladesh Jubo Mahila League's Central Committee.

Fifty-three days into his disappearance, Kajol was found by Border Guard Bangladesh in Benapole on May 3.

He was then arrested on charges of trespassing, but was granted bail by a Jashore court.

However, that same evening he was shown held under section 54 of the Code of Criminal Procedure after police informed the court that three more cases against Kajol were now pending with different police stations in the capital.

The court then sent him to Jashore Jail.