The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has upheld a High Court order that stayed trial proceedings of a case filed against actor Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed-- under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order on Sunday morning.
Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua argued for Nawshaba and Deputy Attorney General Biswajit Debnath stood for the state.
Earlier on November 20, the High Court stayed trial proceedings of the case filed against actor Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed for allegedly spreading rumours on social media during last year’s student protests for safe roads.
The court also issued a rule asking authorities concerned of the government to explain in four weeks why the proceedings should not be scrapped.
The bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Bhishmadev Chakrabortty came up with the order and rule, following a petition filed by Nawshaba seeking cancellation of the case proceedings.
Earlier on May 15, police submitted charge sheet against Nawshaba in the case to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court of Dhaka.
Nawshaba was detained from Dhaka’s Uttara on August 4 last year, for allegedly spreading rumours on social media regarding the student movement.
Police filed the case under the ICT Act against Nawshaba with Uttara Pashchim Police Station on August 5.