10,000 drug cases solved in five years: Home Minister

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said that 10 thousand 259 drug-related cases have been settled in various courts of the country in the last 5 years.

He gave this information in a written reply to a question of independent member of Parliament Muhammad Saiful Islam in the session of the National Parliament on Monday.

The Home Minister said that currently the number of drug related cases pending in different judicial courts of the country is 82 thousand 507. According to the Narcotics Control Act- 2018 (Amended 2020) there is a provision to complete the investigation of the case within 30 working days from the date of seizure of the drug. In the light of this provision, the investigation of the cases done by the department has been completed within the stipulated time and the charge sheet has been filed in the court.

He said that all the law enforcement agencies including the Narcotics Control Department are working tirelessly to implement the zero tolerance declared by the Prime Minister against drugs. In the last 5 years, 10 thousand 259 cases of the Narcotics Control Department have been settled in judicial courts.

Incidentally, the Narcotics Control Act 2018 (Amended 2020) provides for specifying one or more jurisdictional courts for areas under the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Sessions Judge, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate. At present, judicial proceedings of drug cases are ongoing in the court in the light of this provision