Government will work to ensure best practices of DSA: Minister of Justice

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Justice Minister Anisul Huq said the government has taken necessary steps to ensure the best practice of the Digital Security Act as the law has been misused and abused to some extent.

“I have spoken to the Home Secretary about this matter. He has issued a directive in front of me that if anyone makes a complaint under the Digital Security Act, it will be sent to the cell, which has was established in 2006 under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act, for review,” he said.

The minister said that if the cell concludes that there is prima facie evidence (elementary evidence) to deal with the case, it will be sent to the relevant court for trial. If there is no necessary information or data in the file, it will not be accepted.

The Minister of Justice said this while speaking as a chief guest at a function of the Law Reporters Forum (LRF) at the Pearl Hotel in Banani, in the capital, last night (24 May 2022) .

He said there was a trend of immediate arrest of defendants after filing a complaint under the Digital Security Act. But steps have been taken to ensure that the accused in a case under this law will only be arrested after the court has accepted the case and deemed that a punishable offense has been committed. Otherwise, a summons will be issued against the accused.

He said the government is formulating the personal data protection law which guarantees the independence of press and expression after consultation with stakeholders.

Outgoing LRF President Mashudul Haque chaired the meeting in which Law and Justice Division Secretary Md Golam Sarwar, his Deputy Secretary Bikash Kumar Saha and newly elected LRF President Ashutosh Sarkar among others , took the floor.

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