Why did NBR member Matiur deny his son?

National Board of Revenue (NBR) member Matiur Rahman

National Board of Revenue (NBR) member Matiur Rahman

In recent weeks, social media has been abuzz with discussions surrounding Mushfiqur Rahman Ifat, son of National Board of Revenue (NBR) member Matiur Rahman. Ifat went viral for purchasing a goat for Tk 15 lakh before Eid-ul-Azha. This incident has brought to light questions about his opulent lifestyle and its implications for his father, a government official.

Viral Incident and Immediate Reactions
The Goat Purchase

Mushfiqur Rahman Ifat made headlines by purchasing a goat worth Tk 15 lakh, an act that was widely shared and discussed on social media. This purchase raised eyebrows and sparked curiosity about Ifat’s source of wealth, given his father’s position as a government employee.

Matiur Rahman’s Denial

Amid the backlash, Matiur Rahman denied that Ifat is his son. He suggested that the controversy and subsequent criticisms prompted him to disassociate from Ifat. Close family sources, however, confirmed that Ifat is indeed Matiur Rahman's son from his second marriage.

Examination of Ifat's Lifestyle
Luxurious Lifestyle

Following the viral incident, details of Ifat’s luxurious lifestyle, including expensive watches, cars, and other assets, began to surface. This has led to public scrutiny regarding the sources of his wealth, considering his father’s government salary.

Social Media Reactions

Social media users questioned how Ifat could afford such luxuries and speculated about possible financial irregularities involving his father. Some posts claimed that Ifat did not actually bring the expensive goat home, although these claims remain unverified.

Focus on Matiur Rahman's Wealth
Property and Investments

The controversy over the goat purchase has shifted public attention to Matiur Rahman’s personal wealth. Allegations surfaced about his ownership of multiple properties in Chittagong, Gazipur, and Narsingdi, and his significant investments in the stock market. Rahman has admitted in a television interview that he profited from trading initial public offerings (IPOs), raising further questions about the extent of his financial dealings.

Official Positions

Matiur Rahman holds several influential positions, including President of the Customs, Excise, and VAT Appellate Tribunal and director of Sonali Bank. Despite his denial of Ifat being his son, multiple sources, including relatives and public representatives, have confirmed the relationship.

Family Connections and Statements
Confirmation by Relatives

Shammi Akhtar Shivli, Ifat’s mother and Matiur Rahman’s second wife, is linked to influential political figures. Her relatives, including Nizam Uddin Hazari, General Secretary of Feni District Awami League and MP for Feni-2, confirmed Ifat’s identity. Azizul Haque, Chairman of Amirabad Union Parishad, also attested to Matiur Rahman’s visits to his in-laws in Sonagazi, Feni.

Social Media Defenses

A viral Facebook post by 'AX Abid', a close relative of Ifat, defended the purchase, claiming it was for Ifat’s wealthy uncles. Abid, son of Laila Jasmin (General Secretary of Feni District Women’s Awami League), and connected to other influential figures, attempted to justify the lavish spending.

Official Response and Public Sentiment
NBR's Reaction

NBR officials and colleagues of Matiur Rahman have expressed discomfort over the controversy. NBR Chairman Abu Hena Md. Rahmatul Muneem avoided commenting on the issue during a recent event, reflecting the sensitive nature of the matter within the organization.

Public Opinion

Public sentiment remains skeptical, with many calling for a thorough investigation into Matiur Rahman’s finances and his son’s lifestyle. The incident has underscored broader concerns about corruption and financial transparency among public officials.

The controversy involving Matiur Rahman and his son Ifat highlights the complex interplay between public service, personal wealth, and social accountability. While Matiur Rahman denies the familial connection to Ifat, multiple confirmations from relatives suggest otherwise. As discussions continue, this incident serves as a reminder of the importance of transparency and ethical conduct in public office.


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