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Asif Akbar sent to jail

Popular Bangladeshi singer Asif Akbar was sent to jail yesterday hours after a CID team arrested him over a case filed by lyricist, composer and singer Shafiq Tuhin.

A Dhaka court has sent popular singer Asif Akbar to jail in a music piracy case filed by lyricist, composer and singer Shafiq Tuhin under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Keshab Roy Chowdhury passed the order on Wednesday (Jun 6) 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, Asif was detained from his studio in Dhaka’s Bangladesh Film Development Corporation area around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, local media reports said citing Criminal Investigation Department.

Apart from Asif, four unidentified people have also been accused in the case filed with the Tejgaon Police Station on Monday (Jun 4).

Asif is accused of digitally pirating and selling at least 617 songs of various artists as mobile phone contents without their permission.

More than 100 songs were written by Tuhin, according to the case document.

Tuhin said he first noticed the alleged piracy through a television programme on Jun 1. Later he contacted various TV channels and found that Asif had earned a large amount of money by selling those songs through numerous production houses, including his ARB Entertainment.

Tuhin took to Facebook with comments on the issue that prompted Asif to respond. Asif has also been accused of making abusive, offensive and false comments live on Facebook.

In the court Asif denied the allegation and said Shafiq first made derogatory remarks about him on Facebook.