Power to detain packages containing certain publications imported into Bangladesh
172. (1) Any officer of Customs duly authorised by the Commissioner of Customs or any other officer authorised by the Government in this behalf may detain any package, brought whether by land, air or sea into Bangladesh which he suspects to contain-
[(a) any newspaper or book as defined in the Printing Presses and Publications (Declaration and Registration) Act, 1973
(XXIII of 1973), or]
(b) any document,
containing any treasonable or seditious matter, that is to say, any matter the publication of which is punishable under section 123A or section 124A, as the case may be, of the [Penal Code], and shall forward such package to such officer as the Government may appoint in this behalf.
(2) Any officer detaining a package under sub-section (1) shall, where practicable, forthwith send by post to the addressee or consignee of such package notice of the fact of such detention.
(3) The Government shall cause the contents of such package to be examined, and if it appears to the Government that the package contains any such newspaper, book or other document, as aforesaid, it may pass such order as to the disposal of the package and its contents as it may deem proper, and, if it does not so appear, shall release the package and its contents unless the same be otherwise liable to seizure under any law for the time being in force:
Provided that any person interested in any package detained under the provisions of this section, may, within two months of the date of such detention, apply to the Government for release of the same, and the Government shall consider such application and pass such order thereon as it may deem to be proper:
Provided further that, if such application is rejected, the applicant may, within two months of the date of the order rejecting the application, apply to the [High Court Division] for release of the package or its contents on the ground that the package or the contents do not contain any such newspaper, book or other document.
(4) No order passed or action taken under this section shall be called in question in any Court save as provided in the second proviso to sub-section (3).
Explanation.- In this section “document” includes any writing, painting, engraving, drawing or photograph, or other visible representation.