A police inspector has failed to appear in court to testify against Islamist orator Rafiqul Islam Madani.
The court had set Thursday, Nov 17, to hear the Digital Security Act cases against Madani filed at the Motijheel, Tejgaon and Gazipur’s Gacha police stations.
Inspector Rabiul Islam of the Information Technology Forensic Department of the CID was unable to complete the entirety of his testimony in the cases on Oct 12.
Dhaka Cyber Tribunal Judge AM Zulfiqar Hayat then set Thursday to hear the remainder of the testimony.
The judge deferred the hearing until Jan 17 as the witness failed to appear.
Madani was brought to court for the hearing, according to his lawyer Sohel Md Fazle Rabbi.
Three witnesses have testified in the three cases against him, he said.
RAB arrested Madani from his Netrokona home on Apr 7, 2021. He has been in jail since then.
On Apr 8, 2021, a plaintiff named Syed Adnan Shanto filed a case under the Digital Security Act against five people including Madani at Motijheel Police Station, accusing him of making anti-state and inflammatory remarks. On Oct 19 of the same year, the Police Sub Inspector Rezaul Karim submitted the chargesheet to the court.
Naib Subedar Abdul Khalek of RAB-1 filed a case against Rafiqul on Apr 8, 2021 under the Digital Security Act at Gacha Police Station in Gazipur on the same allegations. On Jun 30, 2021, Senior Assistant Superintendent of Police Nazmul Haque of RAB-1 filed charges against Madani.
Apr 11, 2021, a plaintiff named Md Mamun filed a third case against Madani at Tejgaon Police Station in Dhaka.
There was also an indictment hearing in another case filed at Basan Police Station in Gazipur on Thursday. The judge deferred the hearing after the accused sought more time.
The Basan case was filed on Apr 11, 2021 by a plaintiff named Mostafizur Rahman. After the investigation, Deputy Inspector Md Sakhawat Hossain filed charges in the case with the court.
The case files accuse Madani of spreading various provocative statements against the country and the government through YouTube and other social media. These statements are confusing the public and agitating them to damage property, it said.