Published : Tuesday, 20 August, 2019 at 10:56 PM Count : 329
Tiger IT Bangladesh Limited in a rejoinder has protested a news item published on page 16 of The Daily Observer on August 1 headlined as 'WB sanctions TigerIT over national smartcard project' saying the World Bank's (WB) debarment of the company's soft drink is not based on verified facts. It has acted on a 'complaint/ statement that was supported by an unverified source.'
The rejoinder said "the debarment implemented on TigerIT was done in an internal and private proceeding of the WB in which no fair trial rules were applied. When in each and every court the charges have to be proven with reliable evidence to the 'beyond and reasonable doubt' level, WB decides on the basis on 'likelihood." The WB's own 'standard' called 'more likely than not' means that just suspicion and bare allegations without any true evidence allow WB to blacklist any entity."
It further said "WB is the investigator, prosecutor, judge and jury and executioner. Fundamental right of trial by fair and impartial tribunal has been denied. …. In addition WB is creating its own definitions of misconduct, which are not in line with definitions as per law in any country." The rejoinder further said "the WB is eliminating some companies to promote other."
TigerIT strongly opposed the news and protested it, the rejoinder said.
Our views: The Daily Observer has published the news based a feature or agency source. It was not our staff item and therefore we don't directly share any responsibility. However we are producing this rejoinder here in fulfillment of the demand of the company.