The parliament on Sunday passed the The Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) (Amendment) Bill, 2018, raising the maximum jail term to seven years from the existing five years for disrupting law and order.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal placed the bill, which was passed by voice vote in the House .
The original Law and Order Disruption Offence (Speedy Trial) Act was first framed in 2002 to ensure the trial of some offences such as disrupting law and order with extortion, disrupting traffic movement, vandalism, tender manipulation, threatening someone, mugging, and terrorizing people, as well as vandalism of public property and immovable property.
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According to the new bill, anyone responsible for committing these offences will face a minimum of two years and maximum seven years of rigorous imprisonment along with a fine.
In the existing law, the punishment is minimum two years of imprisonment and maximum five years.
The minister also said the government on special power would appoint a first class magistrate for conducting the speedy trials.