Police under political control now: Akbar Ali

Dr Akbar Ali Khan. Star file photo

Dr Akbar Ali Khan. Star file photo

Stating that the police have completely gone under political control, former caretaker government adviser Akbar Ali Khan today said the situation will worsen if a commission is not formed and the concerned law is not amended in this regard.

He was speaking at a programme marking seven years of the judiciary’s separation held at Jatiya Press Club.

Earlier last month, National Human Rights Commission Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman said the chain of command of police administration has broken down, resulting in slide in human rights and law and order situations.

“If necessary steps are not taken, if police commission is not formed, if necessary laws for police are not amended, the situation may deteriorate,” Akbar Ali Khan said.

Separation of judiciary is not enough to establish people’s rights of justice. Necessary change must be brought in police system as well, he viewed.

The country’s legal system, which was introduced by the British government, was faulty. Massive changes in the system is very crucial, he viewed.

“If we want to make our judiciary effective, we need to amend CRPC (Code of Criminal Procedure), evidence act, police act,” Khan viewed.

Prothom Alo Joint Editor Mizanur Rahman Khan, former Bangladesh Bank Governor Salehuddin Ahmed, Former National Human Rights Commission Chairman Justice Amirul Kabir Chowdhury, among others also spoke at the function.

The discussants viewed that undue interference from the executive must be stopped to ensure independent judiciary.

Source: The Daily Star