Warrants issued for arrest of Atiqullah, family
Tuesday, 08 January 2008

Staff Correspondent


A Dhaka court on Sunday issued warrants for the arrest of Janakantha editor Atiqullah Khan Masud, now detained in jail, his wife and sons and two of his employees after they had been sued by the National Board of Revenue on charge of tax evasion. Dhaka metropolitan sessions judge Azizul Haque passed the order after hearing two cases filed against the six persons.

The revenue board’s deputy commissioner (taxes) Ayesha Siddiqa Shelley filed a case against Masud, also chairman of the Globe industries, his wife Shamima Khan, sons Mishal Khan and Jishal Khan and employees Abdul Khaleque and Atauddin Khan. According to the case, Masud’s family with the help of the two employees evaded Tk 2.08 crore in taxes by hiding information on Tk 5.37 crore in the tax files for tax years from 1999 to 2006.

Deputy commissioner (taxes) Syed Zakir Hossain filed another case with the same court against Atiqullah Khan, his wife and the sons accusing them of hiding information on Tk 6.23 crore in the purchase of plots of the Bashundhara Group.

The court posted for January 9 the next hearing in both the cases. Atiqullah Khan Masud and former Rajuk authorised officer Kamruzzaman were on Sunday charged with cheating buyers of flats of the Globe Constructions Ltd.

Passing the indictment orders, AK Roy, the judge of the special judge’s court 2 of Dhaka, housed on the Jatiya Sangsad complex, posted for January 10 the beginning of the trial in the Tk 1.22 crore cheating case.

Masud was in the dock during the indictment and he pleaded ‘not guilty.’ The other accused will be tried in his absence as he is in hiding.

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