Dhaka, Oct 8 (UNB) - President Abdul Hamid has assented to the much-talked- about Digital Security Bill passed in the 22nd session of the current parliament, making it a law.
President’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin on Monday confirmed UNB that the President signed the Bill into law.
The 22nd session of the 10th parliament, which was prorogued on September 20, passed a total of 18 bills, including the Digital Security Bill 2018 and Road Transport Bill 2018.
Amid concerns from different quarters, the ‘Digital Security Bill, 2018' was passed in Parliament on September 19 to deal with cybercrimes, including hurting the religious sentiment, negative propaganda against the Liberation War and Bangabandhu, and illegal activities in e-transactions and spreading defamatory data.
Voicing its deep regret at the passage of the Digital Security Bill 2018, which it considers to be used against the freedom guaranteed by the constitution, media freedom and freedom of speech, the Editors' Council at a meeting on September 22 decided to stage a human chain on September 29 in front of the Jatiya Press Club.
Urging the Editors' Council to postpone its human-chain programme, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu invited the editors to sit with him and others.
After a meeting with the Editors’ Council on September 30 Law Minister Anisul Huq said Editors' Council’s objections to nine sections of the ‘Digital Security Bill’ and its demand for amending those would be placed before the Cabinet for discussions.
Besides, BNP urged the people from all walks of life to put up a strong resistance against the Digital Security Bill, 2018 terming it a dangerous ‘black’ law.
Hours after the disclosure that President Abdul Hamid signed the Digital Security Bill, BNP on Monday announced not to accept such a ‘black’ law.
“We don’t accept today’s law (Digital Security Law). In fact, we don’t accept any law of this government as those were passed in a parliament which has no legitimacy,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
However, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina defended the law saying that there is nothing to be worried about the Digital Security Bill 2018 as it would not gag the voice of the journalist community.
“I’ve seen several noted editors, journalists and wise persons of society giving their opinions against it. They’re only concerned about whether their voice is gagged. But their voice has not been gagged,” she said while delivering the valedictory speech of the 22nd session of the 10th parliament on September 20.
Addressing a press conference on October 1, the Prime Minister said the journalists who do not provide false news need not to be worried over the upcoming law.
Dhaka, Oct 8 (UNB) –The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs to pay Tk 100 crore to the owner of Moon cinema hall by December 8.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order during hearing a contempt petition.
During hearing, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said the Finance Ministry has agreed to pay Tk 100 crore to the owner of Moon Cinema through the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs.
Then the SC asked the Liberation War Affairs Ministry to pay the money to the Moon Cinema Hall owner by December 8.
Earlier on January 18, the Supreme Court ordered the Bangladesh Muktijoddah Kalyan Trust to compensate around Tk 99 crore to the owner of the Moon Cinema Hall.
In May 2011, the Supreme Court declared the 5th Amendment to the constitution unlawful and asked Muktijoddah Kalyan Trust to return the property of Moon Cinema Hall within three months.
Earlier in 2000, Italian Marble Works filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution.
On August 29, 2005 the HC declared Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of Bangladesh illegal, which legitimized the governments that were in power from the time of the August 15, 1975, coup through April 9, 1979.
The then government announced a decree in 1977 that blocked challenges against the government’s decisions to declare the property abandoned.
Moon Cinema Hall owner filed a contempt of court petition with the apex court on January 10, 2012 against the authorities concerned of the government and Muktijodhha Kalyan Trust for not executing its order.
Later, on January 15, 2017, the SC ordered the authorities concerned to assess the value of the land of the cinema hall and other establishments with the help of a skilled and neutral engineer.
Dhaka, Oct 8 (UNB) – Officials of Customs Intelligence arrested a passenger along with 3000 Yaba pills at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here on Sunday.
The arrestee, identified as Jasim Uddin, landed at the airport from a domestic flight of Novoair (VQ-912) from Chattogram at 5:25pm.
Tipped off, a team of Custom Intelligence took position at the domestic terminal of the airport and obstructed Jasim as he came forward, said a customs official.
Later, the team recovered 60 packets of Yaba pills worth Tk 17lakh.
Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNB) – The High Court on Sunday issued a rule asking the concerned authorities of the government to explain within seven days as to why photographer Shahidul Alam should not be granted bail in a case filed under Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act.
Justice AKM Asaduzzaman and Justice SM Mozibur Rahman came up with the rule following a petition Shahidul filed on September 17.
Dr Shahdin Malik and Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua stood for Shahidul while additional attorney general Mamtaz Uddin Fakir represented the state.
Earlier on September 11, Judge KM Imrul Kayes of Dhaka Metropolitan Session Judge’s Court denied bail to Drik Gallery managing director Shahidul Alam in the case.
Earlier Shahidul filed a bail petition with the HC on August 28 through his lawyers--Sara Hossain and Jyotirmoy Barua--saying that he might be granted bail as he was ill.
On September 4, a judge of a two-member High Court bench felt ‘embarrassed’ to hear the bail petition in the case.
On the same day, the HC bench forwarded the petition to the Chief Justice for a decision.
On September 5, the HC directed the authorities concerned to provide first-class division to photographer Shahidul in jail after hearing of the writ petition.
Detectives arrested Shahidul Alam from his Dhanmondi residence on August 5 and the case was filed against him with Ramna Police Station on August 6.
Police claimed that he spread propaganda through his Facebook account during the student movement demanding safe roads.
Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNB) - A court here on Sunday extended the bail of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia till October 14 in Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
Judge Md Akhteruzzaman of Special Judge Court-5 passed the order as Khaleda's lawyer filed a petition seeking an extension of her bail.
Khaleda’s lawyers also responded to a show cause notice issued by the court on September 30 seeking an explanation as to why the bail of Khaleda Zia won't be declared illegal in the case.
The BNP chairperson is now under treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) under a special medical board formed by the government.
She has been serving five years' rigorous imprisonment at Old Central Jail, as she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8 last.
On August 8, 2011, the ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.