Court orders further probe against Sami, 10 others

Staff Correspondent

11 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A Dhaka Court on Wednesday ordered further probe in a case filed under Digital Security Act (DSA) against 11 people including Zulkarnain Shayer Khan alias Sami, who appeared in an allegedly false and politically motivated report, telecast by Al Jazeera recently.

Judge As-Shams Jaglul Hossain of Cyber Tribunal (Bangladesh) in Dhaka                

passed the order and set February 23 to submit the report by Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crimes (CTTC) unit of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police.

The court came up with the order, allowing a prosecution plea to further investigate the case. The prosecution on February 9 also filed naraji (no-confidence) petition against the charge-sheet for dropping names of eight accused including Sami. Earlier, police submitted a charge-sheet against cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore, Rashtrachinta coordinator Didarul Bhuiyan and writer Mushtak Ahmed in the case.

Police, however, excluded names of eight accused Minhaj Mannan, Tasnim Khalil, Sahed Alam, Asif Mohiuddin, Sami, Ashik Imran, Swapan Wahid and Philip Shumakher from the charge-sheet.

The investigation officer pleaded to acquit them of the charges, saying the allegations brought against them have not been proved during the probe.

RAB filed the case with Ramna Police station against 11 people on May 5, last year, on charges of spreading anti-state falsehood to tarnish the image of Bangladesh and create confusion from a Facebook page.