Public service recruitment: Draft law proposes up to 10 years’ jail for leaking question paper
The Cabinet Division today approved in principle the draft of Bangladesh Public Service Commission Act 2021 with the provision of highest 10 years' imprisonment and fine for leaking question paper of public service recruitment exams.
The minimum punishment for the offence is three years' imprisonment, according to the draft act.
However, the amount of fine is yet to be fixed.
The proposed law also has provision of jail term for examinees, examiners and exam invigilators for adopting unfair means, forgeries and irregularities respectively, Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam said at a briefing after the Cabinet meeting.
The meeting held at Secretariat was presided over by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. She joined the meeting virtually from her official residence Gono Bhaban.
Anwarul said, "Stern stance has been taken to prevent question paper leak."
According to the section 8 of the draft act, if an examinee is found involved in adopting unfair means in the PSC exam, or anyone found involved in answer paper forgery will get a maximum 2 years' jail and/or fine.
Anyone who creates barrier to the examination will be handed down one-year imprisonment, he said, adding that if an exam conductor is found guilty of irregularities, he or she will get two years' imprisonment.
Alongside, mobile courts can also conduct drives and render punishments.
"The current act does not have precise mention of punishment. It was formulated in 1977. The context has changed in recent years," said Anwarul.