The duration of the Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) Act, 2002 expired in April 2019
The parliament has passed the Speedy Trial Bill 2019 for extending its validity until 2024.
The Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed in the parliament on Tuesday. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan moved the bill and it was passed by voice vote.
The duration of the Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) Act, 2002 expired in April 2019, which required its validity to be extended by five additional years.
However, no change has been brought in the content of the law.
While talking about the Bill, BNP MP Rumeen Farhana said she suspected that the bill would be used to harass BNP leaders and activists.
She said the government is extending the bill aiming to secure its tenure, as it wants to misuse the law against opposition activists.
BNP MP Harunur Rashid also opposed the extension of the bill. Their opinions were, however, rejected by the minister.
On June 25, the home minister placed the bill and it was sent to the respective parliamentary standing committee for further examination.
The committee was asked to submit its report within seven working days.
The duration of the Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) Act, 2002 expired in April 2019.
On May 26, the cabinet approved the bill.