The cabinet has in principle approved the draft of "The Digital Security Law, 2016" keeping a provision for highest life-term imprisonment and Tk one crore fine for carrying out propaganda against the War of Liberation and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman or patronising the propaganda through electronic medium.
The approval was given at the regular Monday’s cabinet meeting held at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said the aim of the new law is to check cyber crime.
"As per the proposed law, if anybody conducts propaganda against the War of Liberation and its spirit, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman or the Liberation War issues, resolved by the court, through electronic medium, he or she will suffer maximum life-term and the minimum three-year imprisonment and the highest Tk one crore fine or both the punishment," he said.
The cabinet secretary said according to the proposed law, if anybody makes any attack or hacks very important information infrastructure like Biman Cyber Management, he or she will serve maximum 14-year and minimum two-year jail and Tk one crore fine or both the punishment.