The High Court on Monday granted a four-week anticipatory bail to Rashidul Islam, the Khulna correspondent of Daily Manabzamin, in a case filed under the Digital Security Act.
Rashidul and Bangla Tribune district correspondent Hedait Hossain Mollah were accused of using ‘false’ information in a report on the election results of Khulna-1 constituency.
Justice Mohammad Abdul Hafiz and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim’s bench gave Rashidul bail after he surrendered before the court and sought bail. Senior advocate Khandkar Mahbub Hossain and advocate Md Masud Rana represented him in court.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer and Assistant Returning Officer Debashish Chowdhury filed the case at Batiaghata Police Station on December 31 against Hedait and Rashedul.
The case accused the duo of using ‘false and fabricated information’ in their reports titled ‘22,419 more than total votes cast in Khulna-1’.
Police arrested Hedait on January 1. He was put on remand the next day. The District and Sessions Judge’s Court on January 3 granted him bail until January 14.
A Khulna court on January 14 extended Hedait’s bail till January 29.