A Dhaka court is expected to deliver its order on the bail petition of Rozina Islam, senior reporter of Bangla daily Prothom Alo, today in the case filed by a health ministry official under the Official Secrets Act on May 17.
Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Baki Billah fixed the date after hearing on the bail petition on Thursday.Rozina’s counsel Prashanto Kumar Karmakar submitted the petition on May 18 seeking her bail.
The 42-year-old journalist, known for her investigative journalism, was detained at the Secretariat for over five hours before being handed over to police on May 17.
She allegedly clicked photos of documents related to government negotiations with pharma firms to buy Covid-19 vaccines, according to case documents.
An FIR was filed against Rozina under the Official Secrets Act and sections 379 and 411 of The Penal Code on a complaint filed by the Health Services Division with Shahbagh Police Station.
Later, on May 18, a Dhaka court sent Rozina to jail after rejecting the police's demand for her five-day remand. Rozina was taken to Kashimpur Central Women's Jail on that day only.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has formed a three-member probe committee to look into the allegations of the journalist's detention at the Secretariat and also her subsequent handover to the police.Meanwhile, the case filed against Rozina was transferred to the Detective Branch of police on Wednesday.