Dhaka, Apr 10 (PTI) Bangladesh's caretaker government has amended for the third time the tough emergency law in order to remove its "discrepancies", saying that prior permission of concerned official authorities would now be required to try anyone.
"Now only the cases of public importance will be brought under the (Emergency Powers) Ordinance," Law adviser Mainul Hosein told newsmen yesterday as the Home Ministry issued a notification on the amendment.
Hosein said the amendment would also allow the court to grant bails to persons who would not be charged under the Ordinance in the emergency-ruled Bangladesh.
The amendment came amid growing legal complicacies as courts were not allowed to grant bails in view of a provision of the Ordinance, a situation that resulted in overcrowding of already overcrowded prisons.
Following a writ petition, the High Court last week was set to issue a judgement on its own authority of granting bail despite the emergency law but deferred the date until April 15 as the Attorney General said the government had planned to rewrite the Ordinance.
The Home Ministry notification said that approval of the concerned government authorities would be required beforehand in enforcing the Ordinance also for investigation, appeal and bail or any other relevant matter apart from the trial.
Under a previous such amendment to the Ordinance last month, the government had restricted the court authority to grant bail to people arrested on whatever charges.
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