Former adviser of a caretaker government Akbar Ali Khan on Saturday said that the country’s police force went completely under the political control.
“Situation will be worsend if a police commission is not constituted and separate law is not enacted to control the force,” he said.
The economist came up with the apprehension at a discussion at National Press Club organised by Humanity Foundation marking seven years of separation of judiciary.
"According to the annual report of police, among the total charge-sheeted accused, only 23-24 percent are made convicted. But, the number of ejahars (FIRs) was not included in the statistics," he said.
The former bureaucrat went on : “The number of conviction would not exceed even 10 percent, if number of ejahars is counted, thus indicates the country has turned into a sanctuary of criminals.”
Suggesting to revive the existing British law, Akbar Ali said, "The British law is still existing in the country which is faulty. But, only constitutional amendment is not enough to change the legal system.”
Bangla daily Prothom Alo joint editor Mizanur Rahman Khan presented the keynote paper. Former justice Amirul Kabir Chowdhury and former Bangladesh Bank governor Salehuddin Ahmed also spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, National Human Rights Commission Chairman Mizanur Rahman said the chain of command of police administration broke down that deteriorated human rights and law and order situations in the country.