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Asif denied bail, sent to prison

Published : Thursday, 7 June, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 315
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Popular singer Asif Akbar has been sent to prison. Pleas of both remand and bail have been denied by the court. But before going into all that the prologue to this controversial issue needs to be given. Asif Akbar was arrested in the midnight of June 5 from his office at Maghbazar by CID. Musician Shafiq Tuhin filed a case against Asif with Tejgaon Police Station under the ICT Act. Shafiq Tuhin has convicted Asif of serious copyright infringement.
For this the investigating officer of the case, CID's sub-inspector Pralay Rai asked the court to take Asif into remand for five days. A bail petition was also submitted at the court at the same time. After the hearing of both remand and bail petitions justice Keshab Rai Chowdhury rejected them both and ordered to take the 46-year old singer to jail.
According to the case Shafiq Tuhin claims that he has come to know of Asif's illegal activities with songs of various musicians on June 1 through an investigative report prepared by a private satellite television channel. Through the report Shafiq Tuhin has come to know that Asif has sold around six hundred and seventeen songs of a number of musicians including Shafiq Tuhin by digitally transforming them. Asif has conducted these activities from his own production house Arb Entertainment Ltd and some others like On-Mobile Private Ltd, Nexnet Ltd, Gaak Media Bangladesh Ltd etc. The songs have been transformed into TruTune, WAP-2, Ringtone, PRBT, Wallpaper, animation, 3G content and various other digital formats.
Before filing the case Shafiq Tuhin revealed his findings on facebook. On facebook Asif denied the claims in separate posts and cited envy of certain persons at his recent revival after 8 years in the music industry as the reason behind such claims. Shafiq however claims that Asif even threatened Shafiq of repercussions through facebook comments and live video for making the convictions.

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