DNA act draft gets cabinet nod
The interim cabinet today gave final approval to the draft of DNA law which will help authorities identify and bring to justice criminals.
The DNA Act-2013 will regulate how DNA tests will be carried out, how database will be preserved, laboratory quality and administrative system under a framework.
Those who will violate the law will face a maximum seven years in prison and Tk 300,000 in fine.
The approval came at the maiden meeting of the polls-time cabinet at the Secretariat today with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
The act will help identifying relationships of different sorts, Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said while briefing journalists after the meeting.
According to the new act, a person will get two to five years of imprisonment for misusing a DNA report while three years and Tk 50,000 fine for publishing it illegally.
If anyone tries to damage the report, he or she will have to serve in jail for thee to seven years and pay Tk 3 lakh as fine.
A person will be sentenced to two years' imprisonment and Tk 30,000 as fine for unauthorised visit to National DNA Database.