Hasina, 141 others barred from money whitening scheme


Dhaka : Bangladesh government has barred former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and 141 others to legalise their undisclosed income under the money whitening scheme.

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The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has prepared a list of 142 politicians, businessmen and bureaucrats, including Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina, barring them from legalising their undisclosed income by paying outstanding taxes and penalties, ‘The New Age’ reported.

The list included detained AL general secretary Abdul Jalil and Zia’s detained elder son and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior joint secretary Tarique Rahman and former president of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) Abdul Awal Mintu.

The family members of the listed people where also not allowed to legalise their undisclosed income under the latest money whitening offer extended up to September 30, it said.

NBR officials said the step conforms to an earlier statutory regulatory order that offered the “money whitening” scheme barring the tax evaders and also those who are facing legal procedures on tax evasion charges.

“The individuals included in the list either face tax evasion cases or in the process of being implicated,” Mustaque Hossain, director general of NBR’s intelligence cell was quoted as saying by ‘New Age’ yesterday.

The report came two days after the revenue board ordered freezing of all bank accounts of Hasina, her five family members and several others as part of its campaign against graft suspects and tax dodgers.