Judges to be appointed soon in 7 divisional cyber tribunals...

Dhaka, Thursday   26 November 2020

Judges to be appointed soon in 7 divisional cyber tribunals

Cyber Crimes

 Ahmed Tanveer daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:47 PM, 26 October 2020  

Judges to be appointed soon in 7 divisional cyber tribunals

Judges to be appointed soon in 7 divisional cyber tribunals

The government has set up tribunals in seven more divisional cities as the number of cyber crimes and cases across the country has increased. The process of appointing judges in these tribunals is under processing. The concerned people think that the trial work will start in the cyber tribunals in those divisional cities by the end of this year. The activities of these tribunals will be started soon with the appointment of judges.

According to the Ministry of Law, seven years after the formation of the first cyber tribunal in Dhaka in 2013, the government formed seven more tribunals in January this year in divisional cities across the country. The cities are Chattogram, Rajshahi, Khulna, Barishal, Sylhet, Rangpur, and Mymensingh. In the meantime, the approval process for the construction of courts and the recruitment of manpower in these divisional cities has been completed. The process of appointment of judges of these tribunals is currently underway. And once the appointment of the judge is over, the judicial work will start.

Although eight months have passed no judges were appointed which increase the sufferings of the people who are seeking justice. The victims have to come to the capital for filing cases and trial. The victims will be able to file cases in the divisional cities without having to come to the capital to file a case once the trial begins in the divisional tribunals. 

According to cybercrime tribunal sources, since 2013, a total of 2,642 cases have come to the cyber tribunal for trial from different police stations across the country. The number of cases has increased every year. 721 cases were filed in 2019, 676 cases in 2018, 568 cases in 2017, 233 cases in 2016, 152 cases in 2015, 33 cases in 2014, and 3 cases in 2013, and 256 cases were filed in 2020. So far 1,072 cases have been filed directly in the tribunal. The tribunal has directed various agencies to investigate and submit reports in 446 cases. The court dismissed the remaining 635 as those did not have the required material. Investigation reports of 150 out of 446 cases have already been submitted to the court. At present, the total number of cases pending in the tribunal is 2,021.

Since the formation of the tribunal, verdicts have been announced in 124 cases till September 31. Of these, 29 accused have been convicted while 95 have been acquitted as the crime was not proved. Apart from this, the accused in more than 200 cases were acquitted on the day of the hearing.

When asked about this, Law Minister Anisul Haque said that after the formation of the first cyber tribunal in Dhaka in 2013, candidates had to come to the capital for information technology-based crimes across the country. Considering the number of cases and the problems of the victims, the government set up seven tribunals in seven divisional cities in January this year. At the end of the process of a few steps, the appointment of judges is currently underway. As soon as the process of appointment of judges is over, the judicial work will start and the suffering of the candidate for justice will be reduced.

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