A group of Destiny 2000 Limited distributors yesterday requested the government to approve licence for the MLM company to help it resume operations.
At a press briefing yesterday, they claimed to have helped a large section of people earn livelihoods and all the properties of the company should therefore be given government clearance. Destiny Distributors Forum Secretary General Rajib Mitra presided over the programme while Sharmin Akhter Swarna, a distributor, presented the written speech.
“Destiny 2000 Limited maintained transparency in its operations which is why the distributors never filed any case against the company. The firm has no bank loans and the National Board of Revenue has no complaints against it either,” said Swarna.
NBR officials, however, did not agree to what Swarna said.
“We have scrutinised tax documents of Destiny Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited from fiscal year 2006-07 to 2012-2013, and found that the company has to pay Tk1,845 crore in overdue tax,” a top NBR official told the Dhaka Tribune.
A Dhaka court on June 11 this year accepted charges against 51 Destiny Group officials, including its MD Rafiqul Amin and Destiny 2000 Limited President Lt Gen (retd) M Harun-ur-Rashid, in two money laundering cases.
At the briefing, Rajib claimed the assets of the company worth Tk7,000 crore are now being looted and destructed. “Some influential quarters are looting the assets,” he said but failed to specify any name.
However, Dhaka Metropolitan Police, who is supervising the assets of the company following a court order, said it is only taking care of the properties.
DMP spokesperson Monirul Islam earlier told reporters that they are not embezzling or using any properties of the multi-level markeing firm.
“The multi-level marketing law was enacted in the country because the initiatives taken by Destiny authorities but the company itself is now deprived of the licence which is unfair,” Rajib said.