The Criminal Investigation Department on Saturday arrested Siam Enterprise owner Md Jalil, the main accused in the case filed by the Chattogram Custom House on charge of developing a fake web site using the name of the commerce ministry.
Chattogram CID special superintendent Muhammad Shahnewaz Khaled said that Jalil had been arrested at Moulvibazar in the capital’s Chawkbazar area on Saturday morning and was later taken to Chattogram.
Earlier, importer Khan Enterprise, the C&F agent of a consignment of baby food that had been seized by the authorities for importing it through false declaration, made a fake clearance permit (CP) and falsified the web site of the commerce ministry to get the consignment released.
CID officer Shahnewaz said that Khan Enterprise owner Golam Maula Khan, his younger brother Golam Rasul Khan, developers of the fake web site Abul Khair Parvez, Md Atiqur Rahman Russell and Rahat Haider Chowdhury Rana were also arrested by the CID earlier.
They have given confessional statements in the court, he said.
Customs house sources said that a consignment of 13,520 kilograms of peanuts and 4,510 kilograms of olives arrived at the port on 10 January in the name of Siam Enterprise.
Khan Enterprise of Progressive Tower on Sheikh Mujib Road in Chattogram submitted a bill of entry to the customs house as a C&F company for unloading the consignment.
The audit, investigation and research branch of the customs house locked the importer’s bill of entry due to confidential information.
Later, a physical examination of the consignment found 21,060-kg Nestle LACTOGROW formulated milk powder for children which were not declared.
As a result, the customs authorities imposed a personal fine of Tk 66 lakh and a redemption fine of Tk 10 lakh on the importer and ordered the release of the consignment subject to the submission of the CP by the commerce ministry or the Office of the Chief Controller of Import and Export.
On October 11, the importer submitted a CP in the name of the commerce ministry.
While verifying the CP and other documents, the authorities found a copy of the CP submitted to the website address (www.mincomgov.com) that was mentioned in the heading of the commerce ministry’s CP.
Since the matter seemed suspicious to the customs officials, they talked directly to the deputy secretary who signed the CP over phone and came to learn that the CP was fake.
On 29 October, Chattogram Custom House assistant customs officer Sujoy Debnath filed a case with Bandar police station alleging fraud by opening a fake web site in the name of the commerce ministry.
The case is being investigated by the CID.
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