Despite its abuses, the digital security law must not be repealed: Minister of Justice

Justice Minister Anisul Huq said today (21 May 2022) that the Digital Security Act should not be reversed despite its abuse and misuse.

“It (DSA) has been misused and abused to some extent. But, I don’t think it should be overturned. It was discovered earlier that a journalist was arrested immediately after a case was filed under the DSA. have ensured that no one is arrested immediately upon filing a complaint under this Act. The court will take appropriate action if someone commits a punishable offence,” he said. declared.

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He said this while speaking as a chief guest at an exchange of views meeting with government litigants and public prosecutors organized by the Law and Justice Division of the Ministry of Justice. Justice at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center in Dhaka.

Minister Anisul Huq said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s father had included media independence as a fundamental right in the constitution.

The government led by his daughter Sheikh Hasina will never formulate such a law which could undermine the freedom of press and expression.

The Minister of Justice urged lawyers not to repeatedly request adjournments from the court in order to reduce the backlog of cases.

He said the backlog of cases is not just the problem in Bangladesh; the backlog of cases is a big problem across the world.

“The government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken many measures, including increasing the number of judges and courts, amending some sections of the Code of Civil Procedure (CPC), the Evidence Law and the on the national instrument, and the emphasis on alternative dispute resolution (ADR system),” said Anisul Huq.

The Law and Justice Division Secretary, Md Golam Sarwar, chaired the meeting in which eight government litigants and eight public prosecutors from eight divisions across the country spoke.

Sylvia B. Polson