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NBR asks banks for details of AL Swechchasebak League President, presidium member, families

  • Published at 04:19 pm October 22nd, 2019
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) office in Dhaka Mehedi Hasan
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) office in Dhaka Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The banks have been directed to comply within seven days after receipt of the NBR letters

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has asked all banks to send it the transaction details of bank accounts of Jubo League Presidium Member Sheikh Fazlur Rahman Maruf and Awami Swechchasebak League President Molla Mohammad Abu Kawser and members of their families.

The banks have been directed to comply within seven days after receipt of the NBR letters. 

In separate letters issued in light of Income Tax Ordinance 1984 (section 116) on Monday, the NBR also asked the banks not to allow any withdrawal of money from their accounts.

Sheikh Maruf, also brother of AL presidium member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, was barred from entering Gono Bhaban on Sunday when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held a meeting with the top Jubo League leaders.

Molla Abu Kawser is the president of Dhaka Wanderers Club that was sealed off by Rab on charges of running illegal casinos.

In the letters, the NBR's Central Intelligence Cell has asked banks to freeze and furnish information of accounts of Maruf’s P24 Gaming Company Ltd and P24 Law Firm Ltd, and Kawser’s Fine Power Solutions Ltd.

Earlier, the NBR asked banks to freeze the accounts of recently removed Jubo League president Omar Faruk, his wife, three sons and two business entities: Lake View Properties and RAO Construction Ltd.

The NBR also directed the banks to initiate the same actions against all accounts of nearly 25 people including recently detained two Dhaka North City Corporation councillors Habibur Rahman Mizan alias Pagla Mizan and Tarequzzaman Rajib.    

The NBR continues its ongoing drive against tax evasion since the casino scandal unearthed in the capital by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) after detainment of Jubo League leaders Khaled Mahmud Bhuiyan on September 18. 

On the very day, Rab raided at least five clubs in Dhaka city, arrested 182 people in connection with running “casinos”, gambling, and drug.

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