Stop abuse of Section 57

Dhaka,  Sun,  20 August 2017
Published : 02 Aug 2017, 22:23:43
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Stop abuse of Section 57

Says Obaidul Quader
Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader has called for stopping abuse of Section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act instead of repealing the provision, report agencies.

He came up with the remarks after inaugurating the construction work of the much-talked about metro rail track and its elevated station at Agargaon in the city on Wednesday.

Referring to arrest of a journalist ,Abdul Latif, following a case filed against him under Section 57 of the ICT Act, the minister said, "It is the clear abuse of Section 57 as the case was lodged over a trifling matter. The abuse of this section should be stopped instead of repealing the section."

"The section has been included in the ICT Act aimed at controlling cyber crimes. But, nowadays the section is being used over trifling matters. An intense scrutiny is necessary to stop such abuses," he also said.

He called upon the Information Minister to intervene to this end, saying, "I will not speak for cancelling the law (section 57) but for stopping its abuse."

Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said a case over such issues should be only filed upon consulting with the higher authorities.

“It's not appropriate at all to sue someone over trivial matters." he added.
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