A lawyer on Monday served a notice to the government demanding immediate halt to its move to empower the police to punish people on charge of not wearing masks.
Dhaka district and sessions judge’s court lawyer Md Kamruzzaman served the notice to the secretaries of the ministries of law and public administration through a registered post.
The notice said that the principle of natural justice, the constitutional basic structure, the separation of powers, the independence of judiciary, the verdict in the Masder Hossain case and the existing judicial system would be contradicted if the police were given the authority of exercising judicial powers or magistracy powers to punish people for violation of the Communicable Diseases (Prevention, Control and Elimination) Act, 2018.
The lawyer in the notice requested the government to operate mobile courts by judicial magistrates, if necessary, for making people wear masks and punishing them on the spot for violation of the law.
‘As the police are seen misusing their powers beyond the law, it is not understandable what will be the fate of people if the judicial powers are vested upon the police,’ said the notice.
The lawyer said that it was reported in various newspapers and online portals on May 13 that the government was taking an initiative to empower the police to exercise judicial powers or magistracy powers to punish offenders under the Communicable Diseases (Prevention, Control and Elimination) Act, 2018.
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