High Court to stay for three months in the bloggers' case

The High Court yesterday stayed for three months the proceedings of two cases against four bloggers. It also issued a ruling seeking explanation in four weeks as to why the cases should not be quashed.

The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Mohammad Ullah passed the order after hearing both sides on petitions that sought annulment of the cases against the bloggers.

Police lodged one of the cases against Asif Mohiuddin and the other against Mashiur Rahman Biplob, Subrata Adhikari Shuvo and Rasel Parvez underthe Information and Communication Technology Act 2006.

Supreme Court lawyers Sara Hossain and Jyotirmoy Barua argued for the bloggers while Additional Attorney General Mumtaz Uddin Fakir and Assistant Attorney General Gazi Mamunur Rashid contended for the state.

On September 8, Md Jahurul Haque,senior special judge of Dhaka, framed charges against the four bloggers for their alleged involvement in posting demeaning content about Islam and Prophet Muhammad on the internet.

They were also charged for making belittling comments about the prime minister and former home minister Shahara Khatun on social media.

On April 2, Detective Branch of police nabbed Mashiur, Rasel and Shuvo as suspects under Section 54 of the Code of Criminal Procedure for “hurting religious sentiments.” Asif was arrested on April 3 on the same charge.

Source: Dhaka Tribune