Arafat Sunny police remand

Police have been given a day to question cricketer Arafat Sunny in an Information and Communication Technology Act case filed by a woman.

The spinner was produced before a Dhaka Court following his arrest Sunday morning.

He stands accused of posting offensive pictures of the plaintiff on the social media.

Mohammadpur police’s Sub-Inspector Yahiya, the investigating officer, produced him before the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Pranab Kumar and sought five days in custody.

The court granted police one day after hearing the plea.

Court police’s Md Nizamuddin told bdnews24.com that metropolitan magistrates do not have the authority to grant bail in ICT Act cases. The accused must appeal to the Cyber Tribunal for a bail.

Mohammadpur police’s OC Jamal Uddin Mir said the case was filed by a woman on Jan 5 this year.

“The woman claims she has been in a relationship with Arafat Sunny for several years. They had even got married without informing their families,” Jamal Uddin said.

The police officer said when the woman wanted to leave her home with Sunny, he opened fake Facebook accounts and uploaded indecent photos of her.

Based on the allegations police arrested Sunny around 8am from his Aminbazaar home on the outskirts of the capital, Inspector Jane Alam Munshi of Mohammadpur police said.

According to the case details, the woman lives at Mohammadpur’s Katasur area.

The 23-year-old woman claims she and Sunny met seven years ago. They got into a relationship and eventually in December 2014, they got married without informing their parents.

Later the families came to know of their marriage, but Sunny kept buying time before he took her with him, she claimed.

The family of the woman then grew restless and she asked Sunny to either take her or arrange for dissolution of the marriage.

In June last year, Sunny opened a fake account on Facebook and began passing some of their intimate photos through messenger, also threatening her in ways, according to the case details.

But the 30-year-old left-arm bowler’s mother, Nargis Akter claimed her son was innocent and that the woman is trying to ‘frame’ him for money.

Nargis also said that the plaintiff could not show the documents of their marriage.

The spinner, who made his international debut against Sri Lanka in February 2014, played his last match for Bangladesh in the World T20 in March last year.

During the tournament in India, he and paceman Taskin Ahmed were suspended by ICC for illegal bowling action.

Although the ban was later lifted after the game’s governing council approved his remodelled action, he did not return to the national team.

Towards the end of last year he played for Rangpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League where he grabbed 3 wickets without conceding any run, becoming only the second player to achieve the feat in a 20-over game after Sri Lanka’s Dinuka Hettiarachchi.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board wanted to know the details before giving any official statement.

“We don’t know the details. Sunny has been arrested in ICT Act case. We are to yet to get into details, once we do that, then we’ll make a comment,” BCB Media Committee chief Jalal Yunus said.

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