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The owner of an Indian restaurant in the UK faces a seven-year ban for employing illegal workers

Indian Restaurant Owner Banned: All nations have strong policies and regulations regarding immigration. One such nation is the United Kingdom, where reports of an Indian restaurant and takeout are circulating. The owner of the business, who hired three illegal workers from Bangladesh without doing right-to-work checks, has been barred from serving as a director of the firm until 2031.

The three illegal laborers from Bangladesh were employed by Ikbal Hussain, the proprietor of Taste of Raj, an Indian restaurant and takeout business. They’re all reportedly in their forties.

Immigration enforcement agents raided Taste of Raj, a restaurant on Hertfordshire’s High Street, in March 2020—nearly four years ago.

Enfield resident Ikbal Hussain, 51, has been the restaurant’s lone director since June 2014; the business operates under the name Tender Love Ltd.

According to a statement released by the Home Office on Tuesday, Hussain not only hired the workers without performing right-to-work checks, but also neglected to retain the necessary paperwork demonstrating their eligibility to work in the UK. The workers told investigators they had worked at the restaurant for four days to up to two months.

Chief Investigator Kevin Read of the Insolvency Service said, “Ikbal Hussain’s failure to ensure the required checks were carried out resulted in the employment of three illegal workers, in contravention of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.”

Referencing this as a grave legal violation, Read further said that Hussain is prohibited from participating in the establishment, growth, or administration of a business in the United Kingdom due to the prohibition, which went into force on February 16.

Home Office Immigration Enforcement’s Suran Padiachie said that illegal labor defrauds the public coffers, exploits vulnerable individuals, and cheats honest workers out of a job.

We’re stepping up enforcement action to crack down on unlawful labor and doubling penalties for unscrupulous businesses. In order to combat illegal immigration in all of its manifestations, we will keep collaborating with partners, including as the Insolvency Service,” Padiachie said.

Hussain submitted an assurance to be disqualified, and the Secretary of State for Business and Trade approved it.

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