Fugitive MP signs attendance book at JS
Though a fugitive, Awami League MP from Tangail-3 Amanur Rahman Khan Rana on Monday signed the attendance sheet in parliament to save his membership in the House, sources at the Jatiya Sangsad said.
However, Chief Whip ASM Feroz and whip Shahiduzzaman Sarkar told The Daily Star that they were not aware of any such development.
“It is possible that he might enter the parliament lobby and sign the attendance sheet to save his membership in parliament. But I am not sure about this,” said whip Shahiduzzaman.
"Amanur might have come to the lobby but this is for sure that he did not attend the parliament sitting because I was inside the House throughout the sitting," he added.
AL MP from Tangail-6 Sanowar Hossain told this correspondent that he saw Amanur's signature on the attendance book.
Amanur and his three brothers are among those who were accused in a case filed for killing Tangail AL leader and freedom fighter Faruk Ahmed and have remained fugitive.
Police, on May 20, confiscated moveable assets of 10 fugitive accused, including Amanur, following a court order. He also faces an arrest order. Faruk was shot dead on January 18, 201, and 14 including Amanur were chareged on February 3 this year. Sources at the Parliament Secretariat said Amanur last attended a sitting in June last year. His membership might have been cancelled if he had missed the ongoing budget session, the sources said.
As per rules, an MP loses membership if he remains absent in parliament sessions for 90 sittings at a stretch without permission of the Speaker.