TIB asks Muhith not to exercise duty-free privilege

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:47, Aug 26,2019


Transparency International Bangladesh asks former finance minister AMA Muhith not to have an imported car under the duty-free scheme which was recently allowed by the National Board of Revenue for him.

TIB made the call through a statement issued on Sunday.

‘Enjoying such facility would conflict your goodwill and morality as you did not enjoy the facility even when you were a lawmaker and minister for two terms,’ TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said in the statement.

On August 19, the NBR allowed Muhith to release an imported car under the duty-free scheme meant for the members of parliament.

The revenue board issued a special order exempting Muhith from payment of all types of import duty, value-added tax and supplementary duty to release a Toyota Land Cruiser SUV from Chittagong Customs House.

The NBR provided the benefit after getting approval from the ‘appropriate authorities’ following a recommendation of the National Parliament Secretariat.

‘Though Muhith is not entitled to the duty-free car import benefit as he is not a member of the current 11th parliament, the decision has been taken considering the existing circumstances,’ the order said.

Customs officials said that Muhith had been entitled to the benefit as a member of the 10th Jatiya Sangsad.

According to the relevant provision of the customs law, an MP can import a car in every term of the parliament under the duty-free scheme.

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