Hossen Sohel for DOT
 The bench of Justice Md Shawkat Hossain, Justice Md Ruhul Quddus and Justice ASM Abdul Mobin made the observation in a full verdict released on the Supreme Court website on September 26, reported New Age, Jamuna TV.  ‘It is our common experience that nowadays private communications between the citizens, including their audios/videos are often leaked and published in social media for different purposes,’ the court said in the verdict.  ‘We must not forget that the citizens’ right to privacy” it said.
in correspondence and other means of communication is guaranteed under Article 44 of the constitution, cannot be easily violated at the instance of any interested quarter,’ it said.
 The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission and the phone companies operating in Bangladesh have a great responsibility to protect the constitutional mandate of maintaining privacy in communication, stated the verdict.
 ‘They cannot provide any information relating to communication of their subscribers and the citizens of the country, unless it is permissible in law matched with the constitution,’ it said.
 An investigation officer of a case must make a formal request to the concerned authority of the respective company/office for such call list and information about someone’s communication giving the reasons, ‘not in a roving and fishing manner,’ said the verdict.
‘Otherwise the supplied document would lose its evidentiary value and the supplying person/authority would also be liable for aiding violation of one’s fundamental right guaranteed under the constitution,’ it read.