Justice Minister Anisul Huq said the government would take immediate steps to formulate a law to protect minority groups.
His remarks were made on Sunday in response to journalists’ questions posed in light of recent attacks on the Hindu community which have again highlighted the need for a “minority protection law”, reports the Bangla Tribune.
The attacks and clashes have resulted in multiple deaths and hundreds of arrests in recent weeks across the country.
Responding to another question, the justice minister said there would be no mercy for those accused of being involved in the recent communal violence, no matter what party they belong to.
“The only identity of a criminal is that he is a criminal. It doesn’t matter what party, caste or religion he belongs to. They will be brought to justice,” he said of the arrest of a former Chhatra League leader following the arson attack on Hindu Homes and Businesses in Pirganj, Rangpur.
Reiterating his statement on trying communal violence defendants in the speedy trial court, Anisul said the Awami League believed in secular politics and the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had taught the same to the people.
Responding to a question about the wording of the witness protection law, he said, “We said earlier that we will take swift action whenever the issue of this law arises.”
Expect to process 600,000 backlogs by 2022
The justice minister also said on Sunday that more than 3.7 million cases were pending in the courts of Bangladesh and that this is a problem that has accumulated over the past few years, UNB reports.
A plan has been made to settle 600,000 such cases by 2022 to ease the load, he said at the inaugural ceremony of the 42nd Special Basic Training Course for Assistant Judges and Equivalents. Judicial Administration Training Institute in Dhaka in the afternoon. .
Judges will have to play a key role in implementing this plan, he said, stressing the importance of training judges.
In an effort to reduce the number of pending cases, apart from building the infrastructure, 1,152 judges have also been appointed in recent years and more appointments are on the way, Anisul added.
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