Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar

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Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar
মোহাম্মদ জমীরুদ্দিন সরকার
President of Bangladesh
In office
21 June 2002 – 6 September 2002
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia
Preceded by Badruddoza Chowdhury
Succeeded by Iajuddin Ahmed
Speaker of the Parliament[1]
In office
28 October 2001 – 25 January 2009
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia
Sheikh Hasina
Preceded by Abdul Hamid
Succeeded by Abdul Hamid
Personal details
Born (1931-12-01) 1 December 1931 (age 85)
Tetulia , Panchaghar, British Raj (now Bangladesh)
Nationality British Indian (1931–1947)
Pakistani (1947–1971)
Bangladeshi (1971–present)
Political party Nationalist Party
Alma mater University of Dhaka
Religion Islam

Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar (Bengali: মোহাম্মদ জমীরুদ্দিন সরকার; born 1 December 1931) was the acting president of Bangladesh. He is a Barrister and a renowned politician. He was the speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh.[2] He is one of the founding members of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and was a member of the Standing Committee, which was the policy making body of the party, from its inception.

Early life[edit]

His father's name is Moulvi Ali Baksh and mother's name is Begum Fakhrunnessa. His father was a jotdar (land owner).


Sircar obtained his M.A and LL.B degree from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and joined the Bar to practice Law in 1960. He left for London in 1961 for the degree of Barrister-at-Law and was admitted and called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, to practice Law as a member of the English Bar as well as Commonwealth Countries Bar. He emerged as an eminent Barrister of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in constitutional, civil and criminal laws.

Political career[edit]

In 1977, Sircar was selected by President Ziaur Rahman as a member of the Bangladesh Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly. As a delegate he looked after the Legal Committee and continued in this role for the next four years between 1977 and 1980. In 1981, as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs he travelled to the UN to make deliberation on Middle East peace process and disarmament. He later attended the Non-aligned Labor Minister's Conference in Baghdad. Here he made valuable contributions in various areas of the law including, International, Industrial, Commercial, Hijacking, Law of the Sea, International Rivers,Environmental issues, Multilateral treaty making Process, Strengthening the role of the United Nations in maintaining international peace and security and other important issues with eminent jurists, some of whom later became Judges of the International Court of Justice. Sircar has led Bangladesh Delegations to as many as 25 international conferences and has chaired in several of them.

He was elected Member of Parliament four times and he held cabinet positions as the

  1. Minister of State for Public Works and Urban Development (Habitat)
  2. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
  3. Minister of State for Land Administration and Land Reforms
  4. Minister for Science and Technology
  5. Minister for Education and
  6. Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs.


He was speaker of the parliament when, on 21 June 2002, he became acting president because of the resignation of A. Q. M. Badruddoza Chowdhury. He remained acting president until a new president was elected on 6 September 2002.

Personal life[edit]

Jamiruddin Sircar is a very simple and friendly person. He was married to Begum Nur Akhtar. He has a daughter and two sons. All three children of him is in law profession.[3]


Sircar has authored several books, among which to name a few are as follows:[4]

  • Glimpses of International Law (1997);
  • The Law of the Sea (2003);
  • Stronger United Nations for Peaceful Welfare World (2003);
  • London-er Chatro Andolon Bangla (2005);
  • London-e Bondhu Bandhob Bangla (2006);
  • Oshtom Shongshoder Speaker Bangla (2006);
  • Pal Raj theke Plolashi ebong British Raj theke Bongo Bhobon Bangla (2006).
  • Law of the International Rivers and others Water Courses (2007);
  • Pakistan-er Gonotontrer Biporjoy ebong Shadhin Bangladesh-er Obbhuddoy Bangla (2008);


  1. ^ "Former Presidents". Bangabhaban. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Parliament To Probe Sircar". Bangladesh News. 17 March 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Biography of Barrister Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar". Jamiruddin Sircar. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  4. ^
Political offices
Preceded by
Badruddoza Chowdhury
President of Bangladesh

Succeeded by
Iajuddin Ahmed
Preceded by
Abdul Hamid
Speaker of Parliament
Succeeded by
Abdul Hamid