Singer Asif Akbar indicted in ICT case

January 14, 2022

A Dhaka tribunal Thursday framed charges against popular singer Asif Akbar in connection with a case filed by lyricist and composer Shafiq Tuhin under the Information Communication and Technology Act.
Asif, now on bail, pleaded not guilty and demanded justice after Judge Mohammad Ash Sams Joglul Hossain of Dhaka Cyber Tribunal read out the charges to him.
Earlier in the day, the tribunal dismissed a petition submitted by Asif asking to be relieved from the charges of the case.
The tribunal then set June 23 for starting trial of the case.
On 4 June, 2018, lyricist and singer Shafiq Tuhin filed the case against Asif with Tejgaon police station.
On 20 November, 2019, the investigation officer in the case filed two separate chargesheets against the singer under the ICT act and Penal Code.
According to the case complaint, the plaintiff through an investigative program named, “Search Light,” broadcasted in a private TV channel on 1 June, 2018 found out that Asif sold 617 songs of different lyricists, musician and singers without their permission.
Later the plaintiff got information from different sources that Asif digitalized those songs through his production company ARB Entertainment and earned a huge amount of money.
Shafiq Tuhin posted a status about the matter on his personal Facebook account where Asif commented indecently.
Later Asif came live on Facebook and said he will resist Shafiq anywhere he finds him.

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