Laws of Bangladesh

The Special Powers Act, 1974

( ACT NO. XIV OF 1974 )

2. In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,-
(a) “Code” means the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (V of 1898);
(b) “dealing in the black-market” means selling or buying anything for purposes of trade at a price higher than the maximum price fixed by or under any law, or, otherwise than in accordance with any law,-
(i) selling, bartering, exchanging, supplying or disposing of articles rationed by or under any such law; or
(ii) using or dealing with any licence, permit or ration document issued by or under any such law;
(c) “detention order” means an order of detention made under section 3;
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(e) “hoarding” means stocking or storing anything in excess of the maximum quantity of that thing allowed to be held in stock or storage at any one time by any person by or under any law;
(f) “prejudicial act” means any act which is intended or likely-
(i) to prejudice the sovereignty or defence of Bangladesh;
(ii) to prejudice the maintenance of friendly relations of Bangladesh with foreign states;
(iii) to prejudice the security of Bangladesh or to endanger public safety or the maintenance of public order;
(iv) to create or excite feelings of enmity or hatred between different communities, classes or sections of people;
(v) to interfere with or encourage or incite interference with the administration of law or the maintenance of law and order;
(vi) to prejudice the maintenance of supplies and services essential to the community;
(vii) to cause fear or alarm to the public or to any section of the public;
(viii) to prejudice the economic or financial interests of the State;
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(h) “prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Act.

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    Clause (d) was omitted by section 2 of the Special Powers (Amendment) Act, 1991 (Act No. XVIII of 1991)
  • 2
    Clause (g) was omitted by section 2 of the Special Powers (Amendment) Act, 1991 (Act No. XVIII of 1991)
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