The High Court on Wednesday fixed November 3 for passing an order on a bail petition filed by suspended officer-in-charge of Sonagazi Police Station Moazzem Hossain in a case filed on charges of recording statement of Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi and circulating the video on social media.
An HC bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman fixed the date after concluding hearing on the appeal.
During the hearing, Moazzem’s lawyer Advocate Abdul Baset Mazumder prayed to the HC for granting bail to his client saying that he did not circulated the video and has been suffering in custody for a long time.
Meanwhile, Deputy Attorney General Sarwar Hossain Bappi opposed the appeal of Moazzem saying that the trial court has already recorded statement from eight witnesses and is scheduled to record the statement from the investigation officer (IO) of the case on October 30.
At this stage, Moazzem cannot be granted bail, he argued.
Moazzem submitted the bail petition to the HC on July 31 through a lawyer, Advocate Rana Kawser, in the case filed under the Digital Security Act.
On April 15, Supreme Court lawyer Syed Sayedul Haque Suman filed the case with Dhaka Cyber Tribunal against Moazzem for recording the statement of sexual assault victim Nusrat on camera without her consent, and circulating it on social media.
Nusrat, a student of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa in Feni, made national headlines after she was set on fire on April 6, allegedly for refusing to withdraw a case filed against madrasa Principal Siraj Ud Doula for sexually harassing her.
With 75 per cent burns, she was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. After fighting for her life, she succumbed to her injuries at the hospital on April 10.