The cabinet approved Monday the draft Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Act 2006 for separating judicial and executive functions of the magistracy and making some other provisions, reports UNB.
A meeting of the cabinet in the cabinet conference room of the PM office, with Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in the chair, gave the approval.
According to available information, The CrPc (Amendment) Bill proposes provisions for establishment of separate judicial and executive magistracy and criminal courts in correspondence with the separation of judiciary from the executive arms of the state.
According to the bill, the magistrates of lower courts will be divided into two sections -- judicial magistrates and executive magistrates. Judicial magistrates will work under full control of the Supreme Court.
On the other hand, executive magistrates will not be able to take part in the judicial function. They will run administrative activities with authority to impose section 144 and give direction to open fire to stop violence and clash.
Cabinet members and state ministers of ministries concerned attended the meeting. Cabinet secretary, secretary to the Prime Minister's office and secretaries concerned were present.