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Vol. 5 Num 1021 Mon. April 16, 2007  
   
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NBR seeks bank statement of 71


The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday directed all commercial banks to furnish by this month transaction information of 71 individuals including political leaders, businessmen, top government officials and their relations.

In a letter, NBR, the central authority for tax administration, asked the banks for the account statements since July 2001 till the last printout of the audit trail.

As per the directives, banks will have to come up with detailed information about transactions made through personal account, joint account, current account, foreign currency account, savings account, credit account, and credit card of these persons.

Sources said the revenue board would match the tax returns against the transaction reports. They would do so to know about the sources of income and see if they have been involved in tax evasion.

Earlier, banks and non-banking financial institutions froze accounts of 53 individuals and their relatives on instructions from the NBR as Tk 120 crore was found to have been undisclosed.

The steps came in line with the caretaker government's ongoing anti-graft crackdown.

Those whose accounts details have been sought are Orion Group Chairman Obaedul Karim, his wife Arjuda Karim, his son Salman Obaedul Karim and daughters Zerin Karim and Nudrat Karim, Partex Group chairman MA Hashem, his wife Sultana Hashem and his sons Aziz Al Kaisar Titu, Aziz Al Mahmud, Aziz Al Masud, Shawkat Aziz Russel, and Ashfaq Aziz Rubel, former chairman of Jatiya Party Anwar Hossain Manju, his wife Tasmima Hossain, daughters Sima Hossain, Tareen Hossain, Anushay Hossain, and Maneeza Hossain .

Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina's cousin and ex-lawmaker Sheikh Helal Uddin, his wife Rupa Chowdhury, son Sheikh Tonmoy and daughter Al Mona, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's nephew Shahrin Islam Tuhin, his wife Aysha Islam, and son Shahmin Yasir Islam, former Jamaat lawmaker Syed Abdullah Mohammad Taher, his wife Habiba Akhtar Chowdhury, daughter Tasfia Jahan, and son Sayed Abdullah Mohammad Tasfir Hasan are also on the list.

Besides, the banks will have to provide the transaction reports of former APS to the AL president Rabiul Alam Mohammad Obaidul Muktadir Chowdhury, his wife Fahima Khatun and son Mahsina Farhad, Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) leader Dr AZM Zahid Hossain, his wife Rifat Hossain, brothers Kawsar Jahan and Dr Zakir Hossain, daughters Tasmim Tamanna, Tahmin Nuzhat, and Tanchzil Tania, former communications secretary Ismail Zabiullah, his wife Ayesha Siddique and son Ahmed Ishtiaq Zabiullah, ex-member of Public Service Commission (PSC) Prof Mahfuzur Rahman, his wife Firoza Begum and brother Mamunur Rashid, Awami Swechhashebak League President AFM Bahauddin Nasim, his wife Dr Sultana Shamima Chowdhury, brothers Jalaluddin Ahmed Yamin and Khalid Hossain Yaad, ex-chief engineer of Public Works Department AFM Manjurul Islam, his wife Akhtar Jahan, daughter Sabrina Manjur and son Tanvir Manjur, former additional inspector general of police Md Shahidullah Khan, his sons Yamin Khan, Yasir Khan and Imran Yamin Khan.

Also on the list are businessman Giridhari Lal Modi, his wife Koushalya Modi, son Dilip Modi, and daughters Manju Khaitan and Anju Khaitan, former AL lawmaker Kamal Ahmed Majumder, his wife Shahida Kamal, and sons Ziauddin Ahmed Majumder and Shahed Ahmed Majumder, CBA leader of Desa Kazi Mosharraf Hossain, his wife Shahnaz Mosharraf, son Kazi Ferdous Hossain, daughters Kazi Rokshana Nasrin and Kazi Munmun Sharmin.