Any person arrested by the Police cannot be detained in custody for more that twenty-four (24) hours by virtue of section 61 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Hereinafter referred to as the “Cr.P.C”) and Article 33 of the Constitution of Bangladesh, without a warrant under suspicion that the person has been concerned in any cognizable offence or against whom a reasonable complaint has been made or a credible information exists of his having been so concerned (Section 54 Cr.P.C). However, the same can be extended by a special order of a Magistrate (Section 67 Cr.P.C). Under the laws of the land, a Magistrate may decide to extend detention in order to prevent the commission of a crime or for investigatory purposes. The Magistrate will inform the detainee the reasons for such detention. A Magistrate may grant bail to the accused during this period if the offence is one that is not punishable with death, imprisonment for life or imprisonment exceeding ten years.
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