NBR freezes accounts of Regent’s Shahed, JKG’s Arif-Sabrina

Staff Correspondent | Published: 18:46, Jul 12,2020 | Updated: 20:32, Jul 19,2020


The National Board of Revenue on Sunday ordered all commercial banks to freeze the bank accounts of Regent Hospital, its chairman Md Shahed, JKG Health Care, its chairman Sabrina Arif Chowdhury, chief executive officer Arif Chowdhury and some other business entities owned by the people.

Central Intelligence Cell of NBR also made a search on the bank accounts belonging to the people and their businesses to verify their source of income and find out whether they had evaded income tax, said an official.

NBR asked the banks and other financial institutions to provide the accounts details and transaction information for the last six years.

The move came following an alleged COVID-19 test forgery by Regent Hospital and JKG Health Care.

Officials said that tax intelligence would crosscheck the transactions of Shahed, Regent Hospital, director Ibrahim Khalil, JKG Health Care, its chairman and CEO with income tax returns of the people and their entities to find out whether they evaded tax.

With the account freeze, no transactions could be made until the NBR unfreeze the accounts, said the official.

CIC also froze bank accounts and made bank accounts search of Regent KCS, a firm owned by Shahed, Regent Hospital director Ibrahim Khalil, Oval Advertising owned by Arif.

Rapid Action Battalion on July 7 and 8 sealed off the headquarters of Regent groups and its two hospitals after it was found that they were operating without a valid licence, selling fake COVID-19 certificate and taking huge money for COVID-19 tests.

Earlier on June 24, police arrested JKG Healthcare CEO Ariful Chowdhury and five others for their alleged involvement in the COVID-19 testing scam.

The JKG Healthcare officials were charged for providing false reports without testing swabs collected from the people for COVID-19 test.

The arrestees were remanded in police custody and confessed to their involvements in the forgery, police said.

Police on Sunday detained JKG chairman Sabrina Arif Chowdhury for interrogation in connection with the forgery case.


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