The Appellate Division has rejected a plea of photojournalist Shahidul Alam for leave to appeal against a High Court order that rejected his petition challenging the legality of investigating a case which was filed against him under the Information and Communication Technology Act (ICT Act) some four years ago.
A five-member bench headed by Chief Justice Hasan Foyez Siddiqui passed the order on Sunday.
Now there is no bar to investigating the case due to the order from the Appellate Division, said Amin.
On August 6, 2018, a case was filed against Shahidul, also founder of Drik Gallery, under Section 57 of the ICT Act with Ramna Police Station.
On August 12, a court directed to send Shahidul to jail over a case filed against him with Ramna Police Station for 'spreading propaganda' through Facebook during the student movement seeking safe roads.
He was freed from jail on November 20, two days after the HC granted him bail.
On March 3, 2019, Shahidul filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the legality of investigating his ICT case by Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court.
Later, Shahidul submitted the leave to appeal petition with the Appellate Division against the HC order.