Helena Jahangir placed on three-day remand
A Dhaka court today placed Helena Jahangir, a businessperson-turned-politician, on a three-day remand in connection with a case filed under the Digital Security Act.
Helena recently lost membership of the Awami League's sub-committee on women's affairs for "breaching party polices"
Metropolitan Magistrate Rajesh Chowdhury passed the order after Sheikh Shahanur Rahman, an inspector (operation) of Gulshan Police Station and also the investigating officer of the case, produced her before it asking for a five-day remand.
The IO said Helena had earlier posted objectionable posts on her personal Facebook account against various political leaders of ruling Awami League.
So, she needs to be remanded to find vital evidence about the matter, the IO said.
On the other hand, Helena's defence lawyers submitted a petition seeking bail along with cancellation of the remand prayer.
Claiming herself innocent, Helena told the court that the charges brought against her were false and fabricated and she was implicated in the case as part of a conspiracy to harass her.
She did not make any objectionable or derogatory remark about any AL political leader, she said, adding that she was with the government and will be with the AL government in future.
After hearing the both sides, the magistrate turned down the defence plea and placed her on a three-day remand.
On Thursday, members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) conducted a drive at Helena's Gulshan residence and arrested her along with foreign liquor, walkie-talkies, foreign currency, casino materials and deer hide from her house.