Tk 270cr Tax Evasion

12 cases against Universal Group yet to run

Our Correspondent

19 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

PABNA: The proceedings of 12 cases filed against Universal Group for evading about Taka 270 crore taxes have not yet started though seven months have elapsed.

Now, allegations rose against some officials of Rajshahi Divisional Customs and VAT Commissionerate that they have been helping Universal Group to conceal those cases. Not only that, they allegedly took various attempts to remove the officer technically who filed those cases.

Pabna Customs and VAT Deputy Commissioner (DC) Zahidul Islam filed 12 cases against the group—nine cases on July 12 and three cases on July 15—alleging revenue evasion of Tk 269.17 crore enclosing all documents, evidences and findings in July 2020.

According to the case statement, evidences of huge amount of revenue evasion have been found after checking industrial production documents, reviewing all documents and computerised documents of business operations and overall transactions of Universal Group.

The company evaded this amount of taxes in five fiscal years from 2015 to 2020, the statement said.

According to the rules, the cases were to be sent to the National Board of Revenue (NBR) from the Rajshahi Divisional Customs and VAT Commissionerate within 45 days after screening.  But surprisingly, cases were not sent within seven months.

Officials of Rajshahi Divisional Customs, Excise and VAT Commissionerate have been allegedly following go slow policy in this matter.

However, Rajshahi Divisional Customs and VAT Commissioner Lutfar Rahman refused to talk in this regard with journalists.

Meanwhile, Managing Director of Universal Group Sohani Hossain also refused to talk with journalist about the cases on huge tax evasion.