– Import of illegal casino materials
- Banks are Southeast, Uttara, Standard and City Bank
Golam Mostafa Jibon: Bangladesh Bank (BB) is going to take legal action against four banks for providing assistance to four institutions to import Casino materials violating the rules and regulations of the company act.
The four banks have been identified as Southeast Bank, Uttara Bank, Standard Bank and the City Bank.
The banks did not comply with the rules and regulations during opening the LC (Letter of Credit) for importing of Casinos materials.
The banks helped the Casinos bosses to expand their business by providing illegal materials’ importing facilities.
In an investigation carried by the Bangladesh Bank recently, the feature of such anomalies by the banks has come to light.
According to the BB, four institutions named Puspita Enterprise, A-3 Enterprise, Ninad Trade and AM Islam and Sons imported illegal Casinos materials in the name of sports items with the help of the four banks.
The banks, which provided the assistance, were not alert during the opening of the LC. Due to their negligence on duty, the institutions got scope to import such illegal materials under the banner of sports items. Consequently, BB has decided to go for tougher action against the banks for their professional negligence.
Intelligence sources said, there is no policy for importation of Casinos materials in the country. Besides, no license has been issued for someone to carry Casinos or gambling. As the Casino is considered as a gambling, there is no legality to import the materials as per the country’s import policy.
There is a provision in the import policy that, the goods, which hits the religious feelings or ideology, will not be allowed to import. As the Casino is termed as gambling and it hits to the religious feelings, the goods will not be permitted to import.
Despite the directive, the four banks provided assistance to the institutions while importing those items.
Abdul Baten, Joint Commissioner of DMP’s DB police said, “Gambling is totally prohibited according to the country’s conventional law. As the Casino is a part of gambling, it is banned in the law. The government however, can provide license and approve the game for foreign guests as per its will. But, those, who have been identified as involved with the banned activities, did not get any license.
An officer of Customs Intelligence seeking anonymity told Daily Industry that, the importers imported the banned Casinos’ equipments on false declaration. However, the concerned law enforcers including customs officials should be more aware on this regard so that none can import such as illegal goods further.