11 tax-dodging cases filed against Shajahan Siraj, family |
A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against former jute and textiles minister Shajahan Siraj, his wife Rabeya Haider and son Rajib Siraj after the National Board of Revenue (NBR) filed eleven tax evasion cases.
The same court ordered attachment of all properties of Farzana Khan, daughter-in-law of Shajahan Siraj and wife of Rajib Siraj in connection with a tax evasion case.
Police yesterday pressed charges against former housing and public works minister Mirza Abbas in connection with a case filed for possessing foreign currencies.
CASES AGAINST SIRAJ FAMILY
Senior Special Judge Mohammad Azizul Haq of Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court, Dhaka, passed the arrest warrants against Siraj, his wife Rabeya and son Rajib, after three tax officials filed the tax evasion cases.
Of the cases, one was filed against Siraj, five were filed against Rabeya and five others against Rajib for not submitting tax return upon their income for several years.
The court fixed July 22 for return of arrest warrants after implementing those upon the accused.
In the order, the judge said the arrest warrants were issued against them as the charges brought against them under sections 165/166 of the Income Tax Ordinance 1984 were preliminarily found to be true.
In their complaints, the three tax officials -- Rahima Khatun, assistant tax commissioner, Abul Kalam Azad, deputy tax commissioner, and Protap Chandra Pal, assistant tax commissioner of the NBR -- alleged that the three accused had evaded a huge amount of tax upon their income for several years.
Moreover, the three gave false information to the income tax department about their income and expenditure and did not show their income tax returns.
CASE AGAINST FARZANA
The same court yesterday ordered attachment of Farzana's all properties, as she failed to comply with the order to appear before the court.
The court had issued the arrest warrant after Syed Zakir Hossain, deputy tax commissioner of Companies Circle of NBR, filed the case on July 12.
In the order, the judge said the arrest warrant was issued against Farzana as the charges brought against her under sections 165/166 of the Income Tax Ordinance 1984 were preliminarily found to be true.
In his complaint, Zakir said Farzana had evaded Tk 80.45 lakh in income tax during fiscal years 2004-2007.
Farzana, managing director of Garden Fresh Preservations Ltd in Savar, gave false information to the income tax department about her income and expenditure and did not show her income tax returns. She also concealed information about her real income of Tk 2.91 crore, the complainant added.
CASE AGAINST FALU'S WIFE
The same court directed the authorities concerned to publish advertisements in two national Bangla dailies asking Mahbuba Sultana, wife of detained former BNP lawmaker Mosaddak Ali Falu, to appear before the court within three days, in connection with a tax evasion case filed by the NBR.
The court had passed the order as she failed to comply with its order.
Earlier, on July 5 the same court issued an arrest warrant against Falu's wife after Mohammad Masudur Rahman Masud, deputy tax commissioner of Tax Circle of the NBR, filed the case.
In his complaint, Masud said Mahbuba evaded Tk 1.58 crore income tax from 2001 to 2006.
Mahbuba repeatedly gave false information to the income tax department about her real income and expenditure and did not show her income tax returns, the complainant added.
She also did not submit statement about her salary received from ntv, even though she had withdrawn Tk 9,60,000 from the satellite TV channel.
After a long investigation, the Central Intelligence Cell found out about her taking salary from ntv, Masud added.
Motijheel police submitted the charge sheet against Mirza Abbas to the Court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Dhaka, showing 14 people as prosecution witnesses.
The case was filed against him under the Special Powers Act, Money Laundering Act and Excise Act on February 24.
The joint forces seized a huge sum in local and foreign currencies and other items from Mirza Abbas' South Shahjahanpur residence in the capital on February 4.
The items seized include sales slips for gold ornaments worth Tk 40 lakh, 4,600 US dollars, 17,000 bahts, 418 Singapore dollars, 432 Malaysian ringgits, several mobile phone sets and five passports.
Complainant of the case Sub-Inspector Rafiqul Islam alleged that Abbas had kept those in his possession evading a huge amount of taxes.