Customs Intelligence is set to file at least three cases against The Raintree hotel in Banani over charges of money laundering, tax evasion and VAT dodging.
Customs Intelligence Investigation Directorate (CIID) found the hotel to have collected Tk 8.30 lakh VAT charges from customers, but paying only Tk 9,000 to the government.
Moinul Khan, director general of the customs intelligence, said, “It is a punishable offence. We will file three separate cases against the hotel authorities under VAT, narcotic and customs acts.”
This comes at a time when the hotel is in news for alleged rape of two university students in it by Safat Ahmed, son of Apan Jewellers owner Dildar Ahmed.
Previously, Customs Intelligence seized 10 bottles of liquor after raiding Hotel Raintree.
The customs officials raided the hotel which is at the center of the university girls’ rape case.
“The hotel opened on April 8 this year. It collected Tk 8.30 lakh as VAT, but paid the government Tk 9,000. Also, we found 10 bottles of liquor. They don’t have license for it,” Khan added.