Officers fired in Benapole for tax evasion
Published: 10:22 PM, 13 July 2020
Benapole Customs House. Fle Photo
Three customs officers of Benapole Customs House in Jashore have been suspended. The three officials have been suspended for allegedly cooperating in tax evasion of around Tk 3 million on electronics products imported from India. The licenses of two C&F companies have also been revoked for aiding and abetting revenue evasion.
On July 8, Benapole Customs House Commissioner Mohammad Belal Hossain Chowdhury suspended the customs officials and revoked the licenses of two C&F companies.
Additional Commissioner of Benapole Customs House Md. Neyamul Islam confirmed the matter on Monday.
Dismissed officers are, Benapole Custom House Revenue Officer Nashidul Haque, Assistant Revenue Officer Md. Asadullah and Ibn Noman. The two C&F agents whose licenses have been revoked are 'Medina Enterprise' and 'Mahibi Enterprise' in Benapole.
According to Custom House sources, Alhamdulillah Enterprise, a Dhaka-based company, imported 75 packages of electronics products from India in February. But the concerned C&F agent managed to secretly unload the consignment of goods by managing one revenue officer and two assistant revenue officers. Officials later found out that there were major irregularities and revenue evasion in the consignment.
Additional Commissioner Md. Neyamul Islam came to know about the matter on July 2 and ordered to seize four trucks of goods in the consignment. But a month ago, on June 2, the trucks were released with the help of three revenue officials. As a result, the government was deprived of revenue of around Tk 30 lakh. They have been procrastinating in following the instructions of the additional commissioner regarding the detention of the truck. The three officers were later suspended after an investigation found evidence against them. At the same time, the licenses of two C&F agents were suspended on charges of revenue evasion.
Benapole Custom House Additional Commissioner Md. Neyamul Islam said the matter has been informed to the National Board of Revenue. A report in this regard will be sent to the National Board of Revenue on Tuesday.