SC adjourns hearing on plea over Shahidul's treatment

Kalerkantho Online   

9 August, 2018 15:56 PM

SC adjourns hearing on plea over Shahidul's treatment

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The Supreme Court has adjourned till August 13 a petition filed against a High Court order that directed the authorities to send photographer Shahidul Alam to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University for treatment.

The four-member Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order today after Shahidul's lawyer Barrister Sara Hossain informed the apex court HC schedule for hearing the writ petition filed challenging his remand order.

The international award-winning photographer, also the founder of DRIK, was shown arrested in the case filed over the allegation of spreading propaganda on Facebook against the government and spreading false information over the students' protest of “safe road” campaign.

On the same day, Shahidul was placed on a seven-day remand by a Dhaka court on Monday in a case filed against him under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act. 
On Tuesday, Shahidul's wife Rehnuma Ahmed filed a writ petition challenging the legality of the remand.

Responding to the writ, the HC directed the authorities concerned of the government and police to send Shahidul Alam immediately to the BSMMU for his treatment.

Moreover, the court also ordered the hospital authorities to submit the report on Shahidul's health condition by Thursday morning.

Earlier in the day, following an HC order, Shahidul was sent to BSMMU for a checkup. Later, the medical report was sent to the High Court.

The arrested photographer yesterday was taken to BSMMU following the HC order that asked the authorities concerned to admit him to hospital. 

Later, he was taken back to the DB office after doctors said they found no health issues requiring his hospitalisation.

The state filed a petition with the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the High Court order the same day.