Govt to amend ICT Act to bring Jamaat to justice: Anisul

Publish: 2:47 PM, January 9, 2019 | Update: 2:47:PM, January 9, 2019

DHAKA  – Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq today said the government would take further initiative to amend the ICT Act of 1973 to bring Jamaat-e-Islami as a political party to justice for its crimes against humanity committed in 1971.

“Following Prime Minister’s directive, we will send the draft of the act to the cabinet division so that it can float it to cabinet meeting,” the minister said.

Anisul Huq said his ministry is taking the initiative to amend the act to try Jamaat as a political party.

He came up with the observations while talking to newsmen after holding a meeting with officials and staffs of Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division this afternoon.

In reply to a question on why the act has not been amended earlier to try Jamaat, in spite of taking the initiatives, Law Minister Anisul Huq said, “After making some correction in the act, we had sent the draft to cabinet division. They returned it to us, requesting to correct some legislative language. Now the draft is in our possession. We will try to send the draft to cabinet division after getting Prime Minister’s direction so that it can raise the matter to cabinet meeting and pass it.”

The minister also gave hints to formulate some laws following the directives given in the constitution.

The government is taking initiatives to form commission to identify perpetrators behind Bangabandhu murder and jail killings, he said.

“Now the demands of identifying the perpetrators behind the killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and jail killings are being raised. We have to try to form commission to identify those perpetrators,” Anisul Huq added.

During meeting with the ministry officials, Anisul said, “Earlier we worked five years together. But we had to play against a particular person (former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha) for two and a half years of the five years. This man tried to create an unstable situation among the state organs for personal gain. He was corrupt himself and played a role in making the Supreme Court corrupt. It is our good luck that we were able to get rid of that situation.”

He said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the constitution gave an outline so that people can enjoy freedom of judiciary.

“His worthy daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is working relentlessly to make true the dream of his father and we too have to observe our duty to keep pace with that,” Anisul added.

The law minister also emphasized on strengthening National Legal Aid Services Organization (NLASO), saying, “We have to strengthen it by five fold in the next five years.”