Deepak Sues Najib, Rosmah, Abdul Azeez over Tax Arrears

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An RM464.5 million suit. 

Deepak claims:

  • Najib and Rosmah responsible for paying the tax arrears because he was only proxy to their land and business deals where they profited millions of ringgit
  • Azeez acted as the couple’s middleman
  • Relationship with couple soured after he refused to follow their instructions in a case involving PI Bala
  • The couple ordered IRB to wind-up his company
  • Banned from leaving country
  • Business facilities withdrawn by Maybank
  • Contract with Ikea terminated

Carpet Raya Sdn Bhd director JR Deepak Jaikishan has filed another suit against former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, this time seeking a declaration that the duo was responsible for paying the tax arrears imposed on the carpet dealer and his company for being proxies to the couple.

The suit, which named Carpet Raya Sdn Bhd, Deepak and his brother, J Rajesh, who is also the company director, was filed yesterday through the legal firm of Messrs David Gurupatham & Koay, naming Najib, Rosmah and Baling Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim as defendants.

In the statement of claim, Deepak claimed that between 2004 and 2010, he and the company had acted agent and proxy to Najib and Rosmah in land transaction and business deals as instructed by the couple. Abdul Azeez allegedly had acted as an agent and middleman to Najib and Rosmah to make the transactions with Carpet Raya. The deals benefited the couple, among others, in millions of ringgit in profit.

Deepak claimed that as a result of the transactions, he received a letter from the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) to settle the arrears in tax owed by Carpet Raya and his income tax, totalling more than RM6 million, excluding penalty charges and interest.

The plaintiffs claimed that they were also required to pay the tax arrears in instalments for 24 months from January 2018 until December 2019 in line with the decision given by the Ministry of Finance through a letter dated September 21, 2017.

Deepak claimed that he received the letter from IRB after his relations with the couple soured in 2012 following his refusal to follow their instructions in a civil case involving private investigator P Balasubramaniam, claiming that Abdul Azeez had knowledge of the matter.

The plaintiffs further claimed that Najib and Rosmah had ordered the IRB to take legal action against Carpet Raya and a winding-up petition was filed against the company on March 22, 2017, by IRB and the petition was published in the newspapers.

They claimed that as a result of the petition, the business and reputation of all the plaintiffs were affected and Deepak was also banned from leaving the country, while their business facilities were withdrawn by Maybank and the company’s contract with Ikea was cancelled.

They are seeking a court declaration that Najib and Rosmah are responsible for paying the tax arrears owed by the company.

Hari Anggara

They are also seeking damages of RM500,000 which was paid to Maybank, RM47 million for Carpet Raya’s inability to fulfil its contract and sales, RM74 million for termination of the company’s contract with Ikea, RM200 million for alleged defamation, and RM37 million in losses caused by Najib’s misconduct.

They are also seeking RM100 million in aggravated and exemplary damages.