The National Board of Revenue has frozen bank accounts of recently ousted Awami Juba League chairman Omar Faruk Chowdhury, Awami Swechchhasebak League president Molla Md Abu Kawsar and Juba League leader Sheikh Maruf,  their family members and companies.

Maruf is prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s cousin  and brother of Awami League presidium member Sheikh Selim.

In separate letters, the Central Intelligence Cell of the NBR on Sunday and Monday instructed all the commercial banks to freeze the bank accounts of Faruk, his wife Sheikh Sultana Rekha, sons Abid Chowdhury, Muktadir Ahmed Chowdhury and Ishtiaq Ahmed Chowdhury and Faruk’s business firms—Lake View Properties Ltd and RAO Construction Ltd.

Names of family members and business entities of Kawsar and Maruf were not available.

The CIC asked the banks to suspend  money withdrawals and transfers from their accounts.

The CIC freezes bank accounts for tax evasions.

It also asked the commercial banks to submit  compliance reports  with the latest balance in these bank accounts.

Faruk was ousted as the Awami Juba League chairman following crackdown on illegal casinos.

On October 3, the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit sought details of all bank accounts of  Faruk.

NBR has so far frozen the bank accounts of around 50 people, including Juba League leaders, Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shaon, MP,  business magnates and at least eight engineers of the Public Works Department.

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