How gaps in probes stall Dhaka’s fight against black money


Bangladesh’s Nationwide Board of Income (NBR) appears to have all the weather in place, besides the investigation.
In 5 years since 2015, when the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) was requested to function the Cash Laundering Prevention Act, it has filed as many as 82 such circumstances however is but to make any concrete breakthrough in them.
CIID’s failure to hyperlink the circumstances in opposition to anybody efficiently in a court docket has been attributed to setbacks on the investigation stage itself “on account of discrepancy in accounting processes” by none apart from NBR Chairman Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem.
The NBR boss flagged the problem at a current assembly on ‘Cash Laundering and Terrorism Prevention’ , sources within the bureau instructed UNB. “For this, he had emphasised on accumulating precise information, figures and sheets earlier than submitting of a case and a chargesheet in the identical.”
The sources within the NBR mentioned that of the 80 circumstances, probes into 50 of them are on. “However the income assortment authority has managed to submit chargesheets in three circumstances solely. CIID has sought permission from NBR to file expenses in seven extra circumstances.”
Bangladesh’s Anti-Corruption Fee, Felony Investigation Division (CID) and CIID are collectively investigating one case. In addition to, CID is investigating 21 circumstances, which have been lodged for frauds, in accordance with the sources.
After finishing investigation, the CIID, the sources mentioned, has already filed studies in 10 circumstances to NBR for getting an approval for additional motion. At the moment, there are some 15 circumstances of cash laundering on the investigation stage.
The CIID is scrutinising two new cash laundering allegations. A senior CIID official mentioned that there needs to be some structural reforms in cash laundering circumstances for “flawless probes”.

He has beneficial the formation of a brand new unit to NBR to take care of the cash laundering circumstances. “Some particular amenities, together with prosecution, must be included in that unit.”
The federal government by means of the Cash Laundering Prevention Act gave some organisations just like the Anti-Corruption Fee to research such points. The Act was accredited by the Cupboard on August 17, 2015, by means of an ordinance.
In its report in March, the World Monetary Integrity (GFI) claimed that Bangladesh misplaced Tk 63,924 crore (USD 7.53 billion) a 12 months between 2008 and 2017 to commerce misinvoicing.
As per the Swiss Nationwide Financial institution’s annual report for 2019, deposit of cash by Bangladeshi people and enterprises went down by 2.38% to 603 million Swiss Franc (CHF) in 2019, which was 617 million in 2018.