JS body stops probe into 2 ministries' role
A parliamentary body has decided not to move further with the issue of appointing 190 fake employees of Mujibnagar government as sub-registrars under the law ministry in 2009.
The parliamentary standing committee on law, justice and parliamentary affairs ministry on Thursday backtracked from its decision to examine the role of public administration and law ministries as some “bigwigs” of the ministries were involved with the scam, sources in the committee claimed.
“The committee has limitations. So, we asked the law ministry to settle the matter by ensuring justice to all in a realistic way,” Suranjit Sengupta, chief of the parliamentary committee, told The Daily Star yesterday without explaining the “limitations”.
He also said if the beneficiaries of the scam are guilty then those who provided the benefit are also guilty.
Meanwhile, on condition of anonymity a member of the committee said, “The fate of the appointment issue is now uncertain.”
Earlier, on a recommendation of the parliamentary watchdog, the law ministry formed a committee on June 19 last year to look into the matter.
The enquiry revealed massive anomalies in the process of appointing 190 employees of the Mujibnagar government-in-exile as sub-registrars. It found that 138 of the recruits were below 12 years in 1971 while only one was 18. All the 190 claimed that they had left their homes, crossed the border into India during the Liberation War and worked as "informer" and "political motivator" for the Mujibnagar government
The recruits managed forged certificates of Mujibnagar government and later submitted those to the Supreme Court and obtained order in their favour that obliged the government to appoint them hastily, said the probe report.
The fake employees were appointed all across the country.
On receiving the probe report in September last year, the parliamentary committee was stunned at the findings and observed that the 190 employees managed to get the jobs by each bribing some government officials Tk 20 to 25 lakh. The watchdog then decided to examine the role of two ministries -- public administration and law.
In an interview with The Daily Star published on September 30 last year, Suranjit Sengupta termed the incident a "gigantic fraud" and said the judiciary, the people and the government were cheated.
“It would not have happened without the active connivance of the officials of the ministries of law and establishment [now Public Administration]. Therefore, complicity of the ministries will also be detected,” he said.
But yesterday at a press briefing in his residence, Suranjit said the law ministry enquiry report was incomplete. “The report was one sided as it did not determine the responsibilities of the ministries although they played a role in the recruitment.”
Meanwhile, the 190 sub-registrars have been drawing salaries since 2009 while one of them died and some to retire soon.
Daily Star: 190 Fake Staff of Mujibnagar Govt: JS body stops probe into 2 ministries' role