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The first paragraph (26. (1)) of this chapter states: “All existing laws inconsistent with the provisions of this Part shall, to the extent of such inconsistency, become void on the commencement of this constitution.”

The expectation of Rounaq Jahan and all the people of the country has been preserved in the first section on fundamental rights of our constitution. So, as per the constitution, the Official Secrets Act, 1923 became null and void on 4 November, 1972.

Since 4 November, 1972, the birth of the constitution of Bangladesh, colonial-era Official Secrets Act , 1923 has become nonexistent as it is conflicting and inconsistent with the fundamental rights of the people of Bangladesh, I believe.

* M Amir-ul Islam, Barrister at Law, senior lawyer, Bangladesh Supreme Court. This article, originally published in the print and online edition or Prothom Alo, has been rewritten for English edition by Ashish Basu

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