Kazi Papul’s JS seat declared vacant

Senior Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Kazi Mohammad Shahidul Islam Papul, a Member of Parliament(MP) from Laxmipur-2 constituency, who was convicted in a Kuwaiti court, has lost his eligibility for the post of MP, the Parliament Secretariat said.

As a result, the Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat has issued a notification declaring Laxmipur-2 seat vacant.

On Monday (February 22) in the afternoon, this information was given in the circular signed by Senior Secretary of the Parliament Zafar Ahmed Khan.

Kazi Mohammad Shahid Islam Papul, an MP from Laxmipur-2, was sentenced to four years rigorous imprisonment by a Kuwaiti criminal court on January 28, 2021 for a criminal offense of moral turpitude. Not eligible to be a member. For that reason, according to Article 66 (2) (d) of the Constitution, his seat has become vacant from the date of pronouncement of the verdict, i.e. from January 28, 2021. In accordance with Rule 178 (4) of the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament of Bangladesh, a notification has been issued regarding the vacancy of the seat of the Member of Parliament elected from Laxmipur-2.

On June 7, the Kuwait Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested MP Papul on charges of involvement in human trafficking and money laundering. A Kuwaiti court sentenced him to four years in prison on January 28 this year.

In July last year, Papul denied allegations of human trafficking and money laundering. However, he admitted to giving bribe.

On last December 27, in Bangladesh the ACC confiscated 617 bank accounts of 8 banks of Papul's family, more than 30 acres of land, flats in Gulshan and other assets in the country. On November 11, the ACC filed a case against MP Papul, his wife MP Selina Islam, daughter Wafa Islam and sister-in-law Jasmine Pradhan on charges of money laundering and illegal acquisition of assets.