Singer Asif Akbar sent to jail rejecting remand and bail in copyright case

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Dhaka, June 06: A Dhaka court on Wednesday sent Singer Asif Akbar to jail in a music piracy case filed by lyricist, composer and singer Shafiq Tuhin under the Information and Communication Technology or ICT Act.Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Keshab Roy Chowdhury passed the order on Wednesday after rejecting an appeal for bail sought by the plaintiff’s lawyer and an application for five-day remand sought by CID Sub-Inspector Pralay Roy.

Earlier in the morning, the singer was detained from his studio in FDC area, Dhaka, around 1:00am.

Molla Nazrul Islam, special superintendent (organised crime) of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), confirmed the matter on Wednesday morning.

According to charges, which includes one under ICT Act, singer Asif sold out digital copies of several songs without permission of the singers. He said to have issued public threats and demeaned Tuhin on Facebook live.

The case was filed with Tejgaon Police Station last Monday. Asif was accused in the case along with about four-five others.

CID official Nazrul said Asif was produced before a local court and sought in remand for seven days, for questioning in custody.

Meanwhile, the court rejected police plea for remand in the case.