Chattogram Shahi Jame Masjid Bill 2023 was passed in parliament on Monday, aiming to upgrade the mosque into a center that can play an important role in preaching and proliferation of Islam in this area.
State Minister for Religious Affairs M Faridul Haque Khan moved the nill in the House and it was passed by voice votes.
The bill will replace the Chittagong Shahi Jame Masjid Ordinance 1986 which was promulgated during the military regime.
It will provide for better management and maintenance of the Shahi Jame Masjid in Chattogram.
Any person who wrongfully obtains possession of or retains, or, having in his possession, custody or control, wrongfully withholds, any asset or property acquired, or transferred to and vested in the foundation, under this proposed law, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.