ACC for inclusion of audio, video records in Evidence Act

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 19:31, Aug 20, 2019 | Updated : 19:33, Aug 20, 2019

A general view of Anti-Corruption Commission head office in Dhaka’s Segunbagicha. SAZZAD HOSSAIN/File PhotoThe Evidence Act, 1872 must be revised to take cognisance of evidence documented over electronic media (audio and video), says the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

ACC Secretary Muhammad Dilowar has sent a letter in this regard to the Law Ministry on Tuesday (Aug 20), confirmed by ACC Deputy Director (Public Relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.

Any documentation over any electronic medium is not permissible as evidence under the existing Evidence Act, 1872.

The act in its present form only permits as evidence testimonies given by witnesses by appearing in court physically and documents submitted in court for inspection. 

Electronic audio and visual are not recognised under the five categories of evidence permissible in court under Section 3 of the act.