Consumer rights

Prosecution of dishonest traders required

Commerce Secretary Tapan Kanti Ghosh on Sunday called for criminal prosecution of dishonest traders.

“Criminal cases are not filed as they require the approval of the Chief Executive [of Directorate of National Consumers’ Right Protection]. I believe that criminal charges should be filed for major crimes,” the secretary said during the public hearing organized by the National Directorate of Consumer Rights Protection at Karwanbazar in the capital.

Addressing the public hearing as the main guest, he also said that it was possible to prosecute offenders in criminal and civil cases in addition to monetary fines during market raids in under consumer rights law.

Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry Chairman Jasim Uddin said they also want to get rid of these dishonest traders.

AHM Shafiquzzaman, the director general of the DNCRP, said that although the cases of the legal persons have not been prosecuted, the authorities have been regularly exposing their irregularities for more than six months.

He further said that various cosmetics and milk powders were seen in various showrooms in Gulshan and Banani without the importers’ stickers, name and address.

He believed that these products were counterfeit.

During the hearing, consumers also complained that they were not getting enough gas from the state-owned Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company despite paying the money.

The head of the DNCRP said they had served notice on the Titas regarding the gas supply shortage.