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This verdict is sad and frustrating: BCA

B18angladesh Caterers Association has expressed their deep sadness and frustration after losing the tribunal on ownership of the building.  However, they said they will be respectful towards the verdict.
Press and Publications Secretary of BCA Anis Ul Haque Chowdhury read out the press release in a press conference held at Regent Lake Banqueting Hall on 2nd February.  BCA President Pasha Khandakar addressed the journalists who were present and took questions from them.
Senior Vice President Shah Abdul Malik Azad, Secretary General Abdul Munim and Organising Secretary Fajal Uddin were present at that time.
Justifying the decision of going to court, the press release read that to safeguard the curry industry in the UK and solve the problems, it was important for the organisation to buy a building.  As a result of that then leaders of BCA decided to buy the office on 403 Harrow Road.  After three years of establishing the office, the ownership of the office was transferred to a company called “403 Harrow Road”, however, an assurance was given that this office will be re-transferred again in future.
BCA did not pay any rent to any company since it bought the office and until 2013 it did not receive any notice saying that BCA needs to pay the rent. At one point 403 Harrow Road company served a notice to BCA asking for rent.  However directors of 403 Harrow Road assured BCA that the money they paid to buy the building was entirely for the welfare of BCA.
As the crisis loomed, BCA leaders wanted to resolve the issue in executive committee meetings.  BCA President Pasha Khandokar said that they have organised meetings involving national level leaders to find out a solution.  In several occasions they held meetings with community leaders to find out a solution.  Having no results from these meetings and efforts, BCA was forced to take the matter to court.  The court looked into the matters and gave permission for a trial.
Point to be noted that as a result of losing the court case and fees for the solicitors and fees, BCA is now in debt of nearly 150,000 pounds. In addition to that, if they want to continue to rent the present building, they will have to pay 25,000 rent annually.  These grim facts portray that this long standing organisation is going through a deep crisis.

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