The court has ordered to start trial by forming charges against musician Asif Akbar. Judge of the Dhaka Cyber Tribunal Assamese Jaglul Hossain passed the order on Thursday in a case filed by musician Shafiq Tuhin under the Information Technology Act. At the same time, the court has fixed June 23 as the date for taking evidence in the case.
On the same day, Asif’s lawyer Moin Feroze held a hearing seeking his release. Nazrul Islam Shamim, the tribunal’s special public prosecutor for the state, opposed the plea and filed a complaint. A hearing was held on November 8 on the formation of the complaint. At the end of the hearing, the court reserved the order for the next day. Later, the court postponed it to January 13. The lawyers held another hearing on the same day. After hearing both the parties, the court fixed the date of testimony by ordering the formation of charges.
On June 4, 2016, a case was filed against lyricist and vocalist Shafiq Tuhin Asif at Tejgaon police station. The lawsuit alleges that on June 1, 2016, Shafiq Tuhin came to know through Channel 24’s Searchlight program that Asif Akbar had sold 617 songs by various lyricists and composers, including Tara, without permission. June 2 – Shafiq Tuhin posted a post on Facebook about this. In the wake of that post, the next night Asif came on Facebook Live and threatened the plaintiff with offensive comments.
On November 20, 2019, the police filed two separate charges under the Penal Code and the Information Technology Act. The cyber-related complaint comes to the tribunal for trial.