The Cabinet on Monday approved in principle the draft of ‘The Digital Security Bill, 2016’ with a provision for maximum life term jail and Tk1 crore fine for carrying out any kind of propaganda movements against the Liberation War and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman using digital devices .
The approval was given during the regular weekly meeting the Cabinet holds at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam briefed reporters after the meeting on the focus of the new law and its aim to check and follow through on cybercrimes.
“As per the proposed law, if anybody conducts propaganda against the War of Liberation and its spirit, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman or the Liberation War issues, which have already been settled by the court, through electronic device, he or she will suffer a minimum of three-years to a maximum life-term prison sentence or the highest fine of Tk1 crore or both,” he said.
According to the proposed law, Shafiul Alam said, if anybody carries out any form of attack, be it even the hacking of important documents relevant to the infrastructure of the nation, he or she will have to suffer a minimum of two years to a maximum of 14 years in prison or Tk1 crore fine or both.