Charge sheet soon for dodging Tk 28 cr tax
Golam Mostafa Jibon: Allegation has been intensified that Apan Jewellars smuggled Tk 190 crore, while importing around 13.5 mounds of gold and huge amount of diamond seized by the customs intelligence on May in 2017.
Not only that, the controversial institution has also tactfully dodged the tax for over Tk 28 crore.
Consequently, the government has allegedly deprived of big sum revenue, they said.
Such as information comes to the light after a massive investigation conducted by the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate.
Meanwhile, the agency has sent a letter to the National Board of Revenue (NBR) seeking permission to submit charge sheet against Apan Jewellers in connection with five cases lodged at that time. Investigation Officer (IO) prepared charge sheet against Dildar Ahmed Selim, owner of Apan Jewellers, his brother Azad Ahmed, Gulzar Ahmed and Dilder Ahmed in connection with the cases.
It is to be mentioned that, Customs Intelligence conducted a raid at five branches of Apan Jewellers on May in 2017 centering the rape incident of two university girls at Raintree Restaurant in the city’s Banani.
The university girls were raped there on March 28 in the same year. One of the rape victims lodged a case with Banani Police Station accusing five persons-Shafat Ahmed, 26, son of Apan Jewellers owner Dildar Ahmed Selim, his cohorts Nayeem Ashraf, 30, Shadman Shakif, 24, and two others on May 6.
During the raid, the Customs Intelligence seized around 13.5 maunds of gold and 7750 pieces of diamond. Customs Intelligence also filed five cases with the four respective police stations in these connections.
After a long investigation for over three and half years, the agency is going to submit charge sheet to the court over the cases. This is why, the intelligence agency has sought approval to the authorities concerned of NBR.
According to the intelligence report, taxable value of those ornaments is around Tk 191 crore in which the payable tax is around Tk 28 crore. During the investigation, authorities of the Apan Jewellers could not show legal papers against the ornaments.
The ornaments were brought into the country through smuggling and relevant taxes were dodged by hiding information. But, authorities concerned of NBR did not agree to make any comment on this regard, while contacted.
Khandaker Aminur Rahman, member of NBR said, the matter is now at final stage. Therefore, we don’t say something about it. NBR Chairman will take necessary steps on this regard after submitting the report to him.
After passing of the import policy, the NBR last year gave an opportunity to legalize the illegal gold with a certain amount of tax. Apan Jewellers took the advantage and paid Tk 14 crore as tax against the detained gold ornaments.
Naim Uddin Likhon, Lawyer of Apan Jewellers said, “Apan Jewellers has paid relevant tax as per the rules. So, there is no question in context of the new policy and acquisition worth of the gold and diamond ornaments.
CPD senior researcher Toufiqul Islam Khan said, “All have rights to accept the advantage, which declared by the government. But, action should take, if someone violates the existing law.”