Bill passed with stern penalty for law order disruption

Bill passed with stern penalty for law order disruption

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Dhaka, Feb 11 – The Jatiya Sangsad (Parliament) on Sunday passed a bill raising imprisonment term for disrupting law and order to a maximum of seven years from five years through the Speedy Trial Tribunal.Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal placed the bill titled ‘The Law and Order Disruption Offence (Speedy Trial) (Amendment) Bill, 2018’ before the House which was later passed by voice vote.
The original Law and Order Disruption Offence (Speedy Trial) Act was first framed in 2002 to ensure the trial of some offences, disrupting the law-and- order situation- like extortion, disrupting traffic movement, vandalism, tender manipulation, giving threats, mugging, terrorising people as well as vandalism of public property and immovable property.
According to the Bill, anyone responsible for committing offence and disrupting law and order will face a minimum of two years and maximum of seven years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) with fine.
In the existing law, the punishment is a minimum of two years’ imprisonment and maximum five years.
It added that the government will appoint a specially-empowered first class magistrate as the judge of this court. – Special Correspondent

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