SC’s directives to be followed: Home Minister


Dhaka, May 24: The government would follow the directives of the Supreme Court (SC) so that nobody is harassed under section 54 and 167, home affairs minister Asaduzzaman Khan said on Tuesday.

The minister made his comments while talking to reporters at his secretariat office after SC’s verdict on CrPc 54 and 167.

The Appellate Division of the SC on Tuesday upheld the High Court’s 15-point directives regarding Section 54 (arrest under suspicion) and Section 167 (interrogation on remand) of the Criminal Procedure (CrPC).

A four-member Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha issued an order in this regard in the morning.

Other members of the bench were Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Justice Hasan Fayez Siddiqui and Justice Mirza Hossain Haider.

Asaduzzaman Khan also said, “Action will be taken upon abuse of section 54 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). We will take initiative in this regard after the full verdict is published.”

In 1998, the HC issued 15-point directives barring the government from arresting any person under the Special Powers Act after picking him/her up on suspicion.