Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) Director Minhaz Mannan Emon has been released on bail four months after he was arrested in a case filed under the Digital Security Act.
Judge Morshed Al Mamun Bhuiyan of the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court granted bail to Minhaz on Monday. When the bail order reached the jail, he was released from jail the same day.
In early May, the Rab filed a case against 11 people at Dhaka's Ramna Police Station under the Digital Security Act, alleging anti-state propaganda.
The Rab arrested Minhaz on May 8 over that case. That night he was handed over to Ramna police station. When he was taken to court the next day, the judge sent him to jail.
However, there were no specific allegations against Minhaz in the case. According to the charge sheet, he is a Facebook friend of an accused person in the case.
According to the case statement, Minhaz had privately chatted with one of the accused on WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, but the statement does not mention details of the conversion between them.
Apart from Minhaz Mannan, cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore, Rashtrachinta activist Didarul Bhuiyan and businessman Mushtaq were also arrested in the case filed by the Rab.
The other accused in the case are Asif Mohiuddin, Tasnim Khalil, Sayer Zulkarnain, Asif Imran, Swapan Wahid, Saleh Alam and Philip Schumacher.
According to the Rab, the accused in the case were using a Facebook page called "I am Bangladeshi" to spread rumors about the Father of the Nation, Liberation War, novel coronavirus epidemic and to tarnish the image of the state and government.
The Rab did not bring any specific allegations against Minhaz Mannan and Didarul Alam, but brought charges of giving anti-state Facebook status against the other accused.