It now has a tenure of 22 years, instead of the original 17 years
The government has extended the tenure of Speedy Trial Act, which deals with serious crimes such as extortion and vandalism, by another five years till 2024.
It approved the draft of "Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) (Amendment) Bill-2019" in a Cabinet meeting, presided over by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Tejgaon office, on Monday.
Cabinet Secretary Md Shafiul Alam later informed the media about the extension at a briefing, held at the Cabinet Division of the Secretariat.
The secretary said that when the act was enacted in 2002, it had a tenure of 17 years, which ended on April 19, 2019.
Now that the law’s tenure has been extended by another five years, it will have a total tenure of 22 years, which will expire on April 30, 2024, Shafiul said.
Replying to a query about the extension, the secretary said there are several sensational criminal cases currently under trial under the act. Considering this, the Cabinet decided to extend its tenure by another five years.
Talking about the amendment to the act, Shafiul said: "The main act has not been amended; only the tenure has been increased from 17 to 22 years."