HC rejects writ over tenant info collection by police

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Dhaka, Mar 13: The High Court (HC) on Sunday rejected the writ petition filed by a lawyer challenging the legality of the police’s move to collect personal information about renters from the landlords in Dhaka City.

A two-member bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Iqbal Kabir passed the order rejecting the petition.

On March 3, Supreme Court lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua filed the petition, two days after he had sent a legal notice requesting the government to refrain from seeking the information.

He also sought the court`s direction to stop use of any information already collected from the landlords and tenants.

The petitioner sought directives on the secretaries of ministries of law and home affairs, and the inspector general of police and the commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police to store the collected personal information in “safe custody,” so that no party can use it that until a specific law is enacted to protect the information.

According to the constitution, a citizen has every right to maintain secrecy of his/her personal life. The police cannot seek information from the ordinary people, Jyotirmoy said earlier.

On the other hand, according to section 42 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, every citizen must help the police for government or investigation work. Under this section, police can seek information from anyone and citizens must cooperate. If necessary, the police can also take action under this section.