Secretary of human rights organization Odhikar Adilur Rahman Khan and director Nasiruddin Elan were indicted in a case filed for allegedly publishing ‘fake report’ over crackdown on Hefazat-e-Islam’s rally in capital’s Shapla Chattar area on May 5.
Newly-formed Dhaka Cyber Crime Tribunal’s Judge KM Shamsul Alam indicted them in the case filed with Gulshan Police Station under section 57 (1) (2) of the ICT Act.
The court also fixed January 22 for deposition by prosecution witnesses in the case, reports UNB.
Defence lawyer M Asaduzzaman filed a discharge petition on behalf of his clients, which was turned down by the court.
On August 10 last year, plainclothes police arrested Adilur Rahman Khan from near his Gulshan residence.
Odhikar on June 10 published a report, titled ‘Assembly of Hefajat-e-Islam Bangladesh and Human Rights Violations’, claiming that it had collected the names of 61 people killed during the ‘evacuation’ by law enforcers at Shapla Chattar in the city’s Motijheel.
On the day, the Information Ministry had written to Odhikar seeking the names and details of the 61 ‘deceased’ persons as claimed in the report, but Odhikar declined to comply.