Parliament on Sunday passed the ‘The Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) (amendment) Bill, 2018’ raising the jail term to seven years from the existing five years for disrupting law and order.
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan placed the bill before the House seeking its immediate passage.The House with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair passed the bill by voice votes, rejecting all the amendment proposals forwarded by the opposition lawmakers.
Opposition lawmakers, including Nurul Islam Oamar and Rawshan Ara Mannan, asked the government to send the bill again to the parliamentary standing committee concerned for further scrutiny.
They said police often misuse the law and punish innocent people.
They also called upon the home minister to take measures so that the law enforcement agencies execute the law in a proper way.
In reply, the home boss said Bangladesh’s police are very much efficient and they have been discharging responsibilities efficiently.
According to the bill, anyone responsible for committing crimes disrupting law and order will face minimum two years and maximum seven years of rigorous imprisonment along with fine.The trial of some offences disrupting the law and order like extortion, disrupting traffic movement, vandalism, tender manipulation, giving threats, mugging, terrorising people as well as vandalism of public property and immovable property will come within the purview of the amended law as in the existing one.
Under the proposed law, the government on special power will appoint a first class magistrate for conducting the speedy trial court.
The original Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) Act was first framed in 2002.
In the existing law, the punishment is minimum two years imprisonment and maximum five years imprisonment.
Earlier, the cabinet with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair approved the bill.