A parliamentary body investigating
irregularities during the tenure of former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar asked the
House yesterday to strip Sircar of his MP status and recover around Tk 2.50
crore he, his deputy and the then chief whip took illegally as medical bills,
additional fuel allowances and other facilities.
The all-party probe body yesterday
submitted its report, the first of its kind in the history of the country's
parliament, and recommended taking legal actions against Sircar, the then
deputy speaker Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui and the then chief whip Khandaker Delwar
The report says the three undermined the
dignity of the House, indulged in widespread corruption and misuse of power.
The probe body has charged them with
contempt of parliament for not appearing before the parliamentary committee
despite being invited and asked the House to initiate contempt proceedings
"It is the inherent power of a
parliament to scrap membership of an MP for his/her misconduct no matter
whether any specific provision exists or not," the probe report says.
The principal aims of this inherent power
are to protect the dignity of the House and ensure people's confidence in it so
that democratic system can remain effective, it says.
The white paper of the alleged corruption
points out anomalies in taking medical bills, using unauthorised public
vehicles and taking additional fuel allowances, corruption in procurement,
beautification and arboriculture, recruitment, entertainment bills, allocation
of residence for officials and receiving money from the Parliament Members'