Digital Security Act case: Khulna journalist’s bail extended till Jan 29

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 17:11, Jan 14, 2019 | Updated : 17:13, Jan 14, 2019

Md Hedait Hossain Molla is Khulna correspondent of English national Dhaka Tribune and Bangla Tribune.Bail for Khulna-based journalist Hedait Hossain Molla in a case under the Digital Security Act has been extended.
The local correspondent for Bangla Tribune and English daily Dhaka Tribune was granted the extended bail on Monday (Jan 14) by the court of Khulna Sessions Judge Mashiur Rahman Chowdhury.
The court order came after Hedait appeared in it with a plea for extension of bail.
On Jan 3, the journalist was released from prison after the same court granted him bail.
Hedait, also the city editor of local daily ‘Probaha’ was arrested on charges of publishing “false” information on the number of votes cast in a constituency in the district during Sunday's polls.
Batiaghata Upazila administration chief (UNO) Debashish Chowdhury, also the assistant returning officer for Khulna-1, filed the case with Batiaghata police against Hediat and Rashidul Islam, staff reporter of the Bangla national Manab Zamin.
The case statement said despite 80% voter turnout in the Khulna 1 constituency—which encompasses the Batighata and Dacope Upazilas — Hedait had reported that 22,419 more votes were cast than the actual number of total voters in the constituency during the election, which was held on Dec 30, 2018.
The public servant claimed that the contents of the report were untrue.