Journo Afzal gets bail from HC in DSA case

Somoy TV’s journalist Afzal Hossain yesterday got anticipatory bail from the High Court in a case filed under the controversial Digital Security Act over airing a report on corruption allegations against a Noakhali court official.

The bench of Justice Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain and Justice AKM Zahirul Huq granted the bail to Afzal, a senior reporter of the private television channel, for six weeks in the case.

Afzal had appeared before the HC bench for his bail.

The HC, however, asked Afzal to surrender before the trial court concerned within six weeks.

Mohammad Alamgir, nazir of Noakhali District Judge’s Court, filed the case with Chattogram Cyber Tribunal on May 11 last year against six people, including Afzal, Senior News Editor Manwar Hossain and Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Ahmed Jobaer of the TV channel.

Except for Afzal, five other accused were dropped from the charge sheet.

Contacted, Afzal earlier said he prepared the report based on the charge sheets in two corruption cases against Alamgir.

The Anti-Corruption Commission had filed the two cases against Alamgir in connection with amassing illegal wealth and laundering money, he told The Daily Star. 

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