News Desk: Law Minister Anisul Huq has admitted that the Digital Security Act has been misused and abused to some extent.
"But I won't support repealing the Digital Security Act. It was found earlier that a journalist was arrested immediately after the filing of a case under the Digital Security Act. In this situation, I have ensured that nobody is arrested immediately after the lodging of a case under this law. The courts concerned will take necessary steps if anyone commits any punishable offence," he said.
The minister was speaking at a views-exchange meeting with government pleaders and public prosecutors at the capital's Bangabandhu International Conference Centre yesterday. The meeting was organised by the Law and Justice Division of the law ministry.
Anisul said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had included the independence of the media in the constitution as a fundamental right. The government led by his daughter Sheikh Hasina will never formulate any such law which would damage the freedom of press and freedom of expression, he added.
Cybercrimes are not committed physically, and the Digital Security Act has been formulated to hold trials for cybercrimes, the minister said.
He urged the lawyers not to seek adjournments of case hearings repeatedly in order to reduce the backlog of cases.
Eight government pleaders and as many public prosecutors from eight divisions spoke at the meeting, presided over by Law and Justice Division Secretary Md Golam Sarwar.