HC stays trial of Nawshaba for spreading rumours

The High Court stayed the trial proceedings of a case filed against actress Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed under the Digital Security Act for allegedly spreading rumours on social media, during the road safety movement last year for six months on Wednesday. The bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Bhismadev Chakrabarti passed the order.

Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua stood for Nawshaba while deputy attorney general Aminur Rahman Chowdhury Tuku represented the state. Earlier on May 12, Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit submitted a charge sheet against Nawshaba Ahmed to the Court of Metropolitan Magistrate in Dhaka.

According to the charge sheet, the accused intentionally revealed and disseminated false, and defaming information to tarnish the image of the country; deteriorate the law and order; and hurt public sentiment – all considered crimes under the ICT Act. RAB filed a case against Nawshaba with Uttara West police station under the ICT Act.