Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told Jatiya Sangsad that the government would set up a separate court for trying narcotic-related crimes under the existing Narcotic Control Act 1990.
Replying to a question from independent lawmaker Rustam Ali Farazi, the prime minister in her answer tabled in the house said that the law, judiciary and parliament affairs ministry was examining the matter of conducting trial of narcotic-related crimes through a separate court.
She said narcotic criminals were now being given instant punishment through mobile court.
The prime minister said the existing act would be amended and Narcotics Control Act 2018 formulated to apply tough law against drug syndicate including patrons of drug trade and drug godfathers.
She said proposal would be made in the amended act for capital punishment to the drug syndicate including patrons of drug trade and drug godfathers.
Besides, under the proposed act, officials of Narcotic Control Directorate would be empowered to conduct investigation into crimes related to money laundering for bringing drug, she said.
She said the existing act had death penalty as the highest punishment of narcotics criminals.
But in the existing law the scope was little for bringing to book any individual if narcotic substances were not found in his or her possession, Hasina said.
The prime minister said so far since May 18, 2018, during the current anti-drug drive a total of 15,333 cases were filed and 20,767 accused arrested and placed for trials.
She said a huge amount of narcotic substances, arms, ammunitions and vehicles used for transporting drugs were recovered and confiscated during the ongoing anti-drug drive.
Replying to another question from treasury bench member M Abdul Latif, the prime minister said work was on for formulating a law to set up blue-economy authorities.
She said after winning sea boundary disputes with India and Myanmar through legal battle in international court, blue-economy cell was formed in fuels and mineral resources department for strengthening activities of blue-economy.
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