Renowned photographer Shahidul Alam has again been denied bail by a Dhaka court in the case filed against him for allegedly spreading propaganda and false information against the government.
The internationally-acclaimed photographer is spending his days in Dhaka Central Jail in a case filed under the controversial section 57 of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act.
On Tuesday, after Barrister Sara Hossain moved a petition seeking bail for him, Judge KM Imrul Kayes of Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court of Dhaka denied the plea.
Earlier, on Monday, the High Court directed the lower court concerned to dispose of by Tuesday (September 11) the bail application filed by Shahidul in the case.
An HC bench comprising Justice Rezaul Haque and Justice Abu Taher Mohammad Saifur Rahman passed the order after hearing on the bail petition.
Barrister Sarah Hossain and Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua stood for Shahidul Alam.
The bail petition was filed on August 28.
On September 4, one judge of a two-member HC bench felt embarrassed to hear the bail petition.
Later, another bench was formed to hear the petition.
On September 5, the HC directed the authorities concerned to provide first-class division to photographer Shahidul in in jail after hearing of a writ petition.
Detectives arrested Shahidul Alam from his Dhanmondi residence on August 5 and the case was filed against him with Ramna Police Station on August 6.
Many notable personalities, including Nobel laureate Amartya Sen along with 11 other Nobel prize winners, have called for immediate release of Shahidul.