The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is looking into the allegations of tax evasion against Jatiya Oikyafront’s key leader Dr Kamal Hossain as the revenue authority has found a hidden bank account of this senior lawyer.
NBR Chairman Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan made the disclosure while briefing media on the NBR premises in the capital on Sunday.
“We are conducting an investigation whether he (Dr Kamal) is tax-compliant but it is time-consuming. Tax officials will verify his bank accounts to know in details,” he said.
He, however, said NBR is not in a hurry over the issue to avert any of its impact on the forthcoming parliamentary national elections as Dr Kamal is now involved with Oikyafront, the key opposition alliance in the election field.
Replying to a query, NBR chief said, “It needs time but we don’t let anybody raise question that NBR is doing this to defame the opposition alliance’s top leader.”
Earlier on November 19, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) sent a letter to the NBR seeking information about wealth statement and income tax return submitted by Kamal Hossain.
Following the letter, the NBR conducted an investigation and initially found an anonymous bank account of this lawyer which he has hidden in his tax return, NBR chief said.
NBR sources said Dr Kamal on his income tax return submitted the information of his five bank accounts (four accounts in Standard Chartered Bank and one in IFIC Bank.
The tax intelligence, however, found Kamal’s another bank account where he deposited a huge amount of money but did not mention it in the wealth statement of tax return.
The balance of that account must be mentioned as wealth or liability into the tax return but Dr Kamal did not do so, which is clearly a misdoing, a NBR official concerned in this matter told some reporters.
The NBR might take action against Kamal if the fraudulence is finally proved with the investigation, he said.
Sources said Dr Kamal is a taxpayer under circle 164 of Dhaka Tax Zone 8.
An allegation also runs rife that Dr Kamal’s wife and daughters rented out a house constructed on a leased land violating the required conditions.
According to sources, Hamida Hossain, wife of Dr Kamal Hossain, leased a government plot, but their two daughters rented out a house built on the leased land.
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) and other organisations are investigating the allegations of breaching the lease contract.
Dr Kamal, the top leader of the Jatiya Oikyafront, however, said that he mentioned all sources of income and details of bank accounts in the income tax statement.
The bank account mentioned in the allegation is nonexistent and unknown to him.
About the allegation of violating the lease condition, the lawyer said the house has been rented out for years and the issue is nothing new.
In 1970, Hamida Hossain took 1.12 bigha plot located at Road-80 and Block-91 in Gulshan at Tk 77,700.
She handed over title of the land along with the building to her two daughters through a testamentary document in 1998. Sara Hossain and Dina Hossain, two daughters of Kamal Hossain, rented out the house to a foreign embassy.
According to RAJUK officials, the residential plot can never be used for commercial purpose. But, Kamal Hossain’s family members are using it commercially through breach of conditions of the leased deed.