Ex MP Major (retd) Jasim Uddin, who became disqualified from continuing as an MP following an Appellate Division verdict in October, continued to take remuneration and allowances from the Parliament Secretariat in October and November.
On October 18, the Appellate Division rejected his leave to appeal petition against a High Court verdict that declared illegal the Election Commission's verdict to prohibit him to contest the polls from Bhola.
Although this means that his candidature in the ninth parliamentary polls was illegal, thus disqualifying him from parliament, Jasim Uddin continues to take advantage of the privileges given to a MP’s status.
The Parliament Secretariat and EC have not taken any actions in this matter and responded by stating that they are anticipating a copy of the verdict before they take a line of action.
In the meantime, Jasim has withdrawn a remuneration of Tk 33,800. Furthermore, he continued to join the sittings of parliament even after the verdict was given. Legal experts say that he may be liable to pay for the penalty for the participation in parliament.
When he was questioned to the reasons for still collecting remunerations, he responded by stating that he is still a working MP and therefore, eligible for remunerations