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Customs Intelligence sues Moosa Bin Shamsher for tax evasion

  • Published at 04:15 pm July 31st, 2017
  • Last updated at 04:40 pm July 31st, 2017
Customs Intelligence sues Moosa Bin Shamsher for tax evasion
Controversial business tycoon Moosa Bin Shamsher has been sued by Customs Intelligence on charge of evading Tk2.17cr-worth duty while importing a car and unclear balance statement at a Swiss bank. Md Zakir Hossain, assistant revenue officer of the Customs Intelligence, filed the case with Gulshan police station on Monday. According to the case statement, investigators found definitive preliminary evidences of Moosa, with assistance from some officials at Bangladesh Road Transport Authority’s Bhola office, evaded duty of Tk2.17cr for a British-made Range Rover sports-utility vehicle, imported under Carnet de Passage en Douane (CPD) facilties. CPD, an international customs facility, allows tourists to temporarily import their private vehicles without paying any duty for a limited period on condition of re-exporting them at the end of their stay. Paper trail shows Moosa paid Tk1.7m only for the SUV as duty by forging documents that the Range Rover was imported through CPD. The case statement also says Moosa forged the bill of entry for the car showing Tk1.7m in taxes. Customs Intelligence has found that the car was to be charged Tk2.17cr in taxes and excise duties. During the interrogation, Moosa gave a written statement where he said he had Tk96,000cr in off-shore bank accounts in Switzerland. However, he did not show any bank statements or legal source of the aforementioned fortune. He had not responded to any further queries even after several notices were issued to him. Customs Intelligence seized the Range Rover after raiding his Gulshan home on March 21. The car was imported by exploiting carnet privileges for personal benefits. Customs Intelligence had earlier filed tax evasion cases with the Dhaka Customs House. But now that the investigation has found corruption in the car’s registration process, the Anti-Corruption Commission has been asked via the National Board of Revenue to launch a separate investigation.