Apan Jewellers & Raintree Hotel owners summoned by CIID

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MNA Editorial Desk: The owner of Apan Jewellers to verify the source of its stock of gold, diamond and jewellery and the owners of Raintree hotel over the illegal possession of alcohol was summoned by the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Division (CIID).

The directorate’s Director General Moinul Khan said that, they would have to appear with the necessary documents at CIID headquarters at 11 am on May 17.

Dildar Ahmed, The sole owner of Apan Jewellers has been in the focus of the media in a recent incident involving his son Safat Ahmed, who was declared the prime suspect in a rape case involving two university students.

The CIID is investigating the family after the National Board of Revenue (NBR) ordered a probe into allegations of gold smuggling, reports said. The CIID raided five Apan Jewellers showrooms in Dhaka on Sunday and confiscated 286 kg of gold and 61 grams of diamonds as part of this investigation.

Moinul Khan also added that, the seizure was part of the CIID’s attempts to verify the source of the gold and jewellery and to investigate if any ‘illegal wealth’ was owned by the Apan Jewellers proprietor. The documents produced by Dildar Ahmed would be scrutinized for inconsistencies and the owner would be charged for smuggling and money laundering if any proof had been found, the CIID chief added.

CIIDThe officials had also conducted a concurrent raid on Raintree hotel and confiscated documents and 10 bottles of foreign alcohol which was kept in the hotel despite the fact that the hotel not having a bar license.

The authority also alleged that the hotel administration had failed to pay Tk 815,000 in VAT despite registering for it under the NBR. CIID Joint Director Shafiur Rahman said that, CIID will file a case against the hotel administration on charges of VAT evasion, duty evasion and money laundering.