A Dhaka court Tuesday granted bail to ‘Joyjatra IPTV’ chairman Helena Jahangir in a case filed under the Telecommunication Act but she needs to secure bail in other cases to walk out of jail.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Abu Sufian Md Noman passed the order on a bond of Tk 20,000 during a hearing on the bail plea filed by advocate Shafiqul Islam. The state side stood against the bail plea during the hearing.
Court sources said Helena Jahangir will stay behind the bars until she gets bail in another case filed over fraud with Pallabi police station and in cases filed with Gulshan police station under the Digital Security Act (DSA) and Narcotics Control Act.
According to the case complaint, Helena Jahangir with her two associates Hajera Khatun, 40, and Sanaullah Nuri, 47, and other involved have embezzled a large amount of money in the name of appointing district correspondents in Joyjatra IPTV claiming it as a satellite channel which is not even a registered channel.
They used to extort Tk 3,000 every month from those correspondents.
On the night of July 29, members of Rapid Action Battalion-1 (Rab) arresed Helena Jahangir from her Gulshan residence, four days after she was removed from her post of a ruling party sub-committee.
The elite force members "seized foreign liquor, illegal walkie-talkie sets, casino equipment and deer skins" during a four-hour raid on her home.
Later another raid was conducted at Joyjatra IPTV station in Mirpur and it was sealed after recovering illegal equipement.
Later the court placed Helena on a 17-day remand in four cases.