A Dhaka court has turned down a police petition to quiz Prothom Alo Senior Correspondent Rozina Islam in custody in a case filed under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act and sent her to jail.
She was taken to Kashimpur Women’s Central Jail in Gazipur as the court is scheduled to hold a hearing on her bail petition on Thursday.
Charges of ‘stealing’ official documents and “taking photographs” of documents were brought against Rozina Islam, an award-winning investigative journalist, who was kept confined allegedly by some Health Ministry officials for five long hours inside an official’s room at the Bangladesh Secretariat on Monday.
A Health Ministry deputy secretary filed the case against her at Shahbagh police station hours after Islam was finally brought to the thana on Monday night, ending the five-hour alleged forcible confinement.
A huge contingent of police escorted her to Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday morning and the investigation officer sought a five-day remand.
The court of Metropolitan Magistrate Muhammad Jasim fixed July 15 for submission of the probe report in the case filed against the journalist under the Bangladesh Penal Code and Official Secrets Act.