The High Court on Monday issued a rule asking the government to explain why sections 25 and 31 of the Digital Security Act 2018 should not be declared illegal and unconstitutional.
Secretaries to the ministries of Law and Information and other concerned have been asked to respond to the rule within four weeks. The HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Md Mahmud Hassan Talukder came up with the rule after hearing on a writ petition collectively filed by nine people.The petitioners are Dhaka University teachers Mohammad Ismail, Md Kamruzzaman and Md Rafiqul Islam, journalist Mohammad Abdullah, Supreme Court lawyers Md Asad Uddin, Md Asaduzzaman, Md Zobaidur Rahman, Md Mohiuddin Molla and Md Mujahidul Islam.
On January 19, they submitted the petition with the High Court seeking an order for declaring four sections -- 25, 28, 29 and 31 -- of the Digital Security Act 2018 illegal. It was mentioned in the writ petition that the two sections of the Digital Security Act are hampering the freedom of expression and thought.