Bangladeshi leader Dr Kamal Hossain is in deep trouble after the country’s National Board of Revenue (NBR) discovered him hiding his annual income, leading to charges of mass tax evasion . This week, the High Court of Bangladesh postponed its decision on the motion for an injunction filed on behalf of Dr Kamal.
Earlier, the Tax Appeal Tribunal confirmed that the NBR’s claim of Bangladeshi Taka 6.9 crore as payable for the 2018-19 tax year was legitimate. Hossain filed a writ petition in the High Court challenging the order of the Tax Appeal Tribunal. The High Court adjourned the hearing for a week.
The NBR investigation revealed that Kamal Hossain’s law firm in 2018-2019 showed his annual income to be Taka 1.04 crore, avoiding the tax of more than 6 crore.
On December 30, 2019, the Deputy Commissioner of Tax observed that Dr. Kamal’s business had actually earned Taka 20.11 crore and should pay Taka 6.09 crore as tax.
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Although a final verdict is expected, the tax evasion case has become a stain on Gana Forum leader Kamal Hossain, who has been projected as an alternative to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by the Islamist opposition in the polls of 2018.
Dr. Kamal’s company disclosed barely 5% of his actual annual earnings in his tax returns the year he led the anti-Awami alliance of Islamist parties in national elections.
The bank accounts of his law firm Kamal & Associates were scrutinized for these “obscure financial transactions”.
His company only disclosed Taka 1,04,03,495 as his annual income, but the bank account shows that his actual income is Taka 20,11,04,219.
NBR sources claim that his company is supposed to pay 6,09,85,351 Taka as income tax but actually paid 76,41,548 Taka.
The origin of these considerable revenues that Kamal Hossain allegedly concealed is also the subject of investigations.
It is also unclear whether any of this undisclosed income comes from foreign sources, as his British son-in-law David Bergman had launched a propaganda blitz with Western backing to cast Dr Kamal as the face of the Prime Minister of the United States. national opposition.
According to Australia-based columnist Professor Abul Hasnat Milton, Bergman was hired by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jamaat-e-Islami ahead of the war crimes trial.
Moreover, Bergman’s Netranews is funded by the National Endowment for Democracy or NED of the United States, the very country that opposed the war crimes trial when Hillary Clinton phoned Sheikh Hasina to stop the trial and acted as a “conduit” between Tarique and Dr. Kamal.
The role of the NED in US intelligence regime change operations is well documented by experts like Jeff Richelson in his magnum opus “US Intelligence Community”.