Decision on DSA in a few days: Anisul

Staff Correspondent

6 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Law Minister Anisul Huq on Friday said it will become apparent in a few days if the government will make any change or amendment to the Digital Security Act (DSA). 

The minister made the remark while talking to journalists on Akhaura Railway Junction Station premises before going to Kasba for attending a smart card distribution programme.

Asked about reform of the controversial Digital Security Act, Anisul said, “You will see in a few days, whatever happens.”

“Bangladesh has recently graduated from least developing country (LDC) to developing one. It is the result of hard work of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with the assistance of people. If all stay by the side of our premier, the future of Bangladesh would change for good,” Anisul Huq said at the rally.

The law minister said now Bangladesh is considered the role model of development in the whole world and this has been possible for the skillful leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Law and Justice Division Secretary Md Golam Sarwar, Brahmanbaria Deputy Commissioner Hayat-Ud-Doula Khan, Superintendent of Police Md Anisur Rahman, Upazila Parishad Chairman Md Abul Kashem Bhuiyan, Kasba Upazila Parishad Chairman Rashedul Kawser Bhuiyan and Akhaura City Mayor Takzil Khalifa Kazal were present on the occasion, among others.

The minister went to his constituency Akhaura almost a year after the coronavirus pandemic hit the nation. 

Earlier on March 1, BBC broadcasted a report in which the law minister was quoted as saying: “a new measure has been planned to ensure that no one will be arrested or named in a case until the police investigation is completed after a complaint is made under the act.”

Parliament passed the digital security act in September, 2018 by dropping the much-criticised Section 57 of the ICT Act and some other parts. But the journalists and others concerned have been opposing the law since the digital act was passed.

The issues again come to fore following the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed, who had been arrested in connection with a case filed under the act, in jail recently.