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RUPALI BANK v. PROVIDENT NATL. BANK

September 22, 1975

RUPALI BANK
v.
PROVIDENT NATIONAL BANK



The opinion of the court was delivered by: CAHN

 CAHN, District Judge.

 Plaintiff, Rupali Bank ("Rupali"), a Bangladesh banking company, seeks to recover the sum of $648,294.94 from defendant, Provident National Bank ("Provident"). The principal office of the Muslim Commercial Bank, Ltd., ("Muslim Bank") in Karachi, West Pakistan, made arrangements with Provident to collect and deposit in a dollar account the proceeds from certain export transactions. Rupali contends that the deposits with Provident were owned by the Muslim Bank's branch at Motijheel, Dacca, East Pakistan ("Motijheel Branch") and that the Bangladesh Banks Nationalisation Order, dated March 26, 1972, (the "Nationalisation Order") effectively expropriated those funds for the benefit of Rupali.

 The case has been tried without a jury and, after considering a stipulation of facts, the oral testimony and documentary evidence, I make the following Findings of Fact:

 1. Since 1956, Muslim Bank had its head office, principal place of business, corporate domicile and registered office in Karachi, West Pakistan.

 2. Muslim Bank opened the Motijheel Branch in East Pakistan on June 15, 1966.

 3. The Muslim Bank is a business entity organized under the statutory law of Pakistan and is the holder of a certificate of incorporation dated July 9, 1947.

 4. From June 15, 1966, to December 16, 1971, the Muslim Bank exercised control over its Motijheel Branch including the approval of extension of credit in cases where the loans exceeded $1,000 unsecured and $2,500 secured.

 5. The Muslim Bank required the Motijheel Branch to submit weekly statements pertaining to assets and liabilities, but these statements contained no entries for net worth.

 6. The Motijheel Branch, prior to December 16, 1971, did not hold any separate charter or article of incorporation and was not a separate legal entity.

 7. In early 1967, Muslim Bank's principal office in Karachi arranged with Provident to open a dollar account with Provident for the collection of export bills for jute drawn on Wilcox Industries, Inc., ("Wilcox") an importer located in the United States.

 8. This dollar account was known and designated as "The Muslim Commercial Bank, Ltd., Adamjee House, McLeon Road, Karachi, Pakistan" account.

 9. Muslim Bank directed Provident to credit the proceeds of export bills to that account.

 10. Adamjee Jute Mills, Ltd., ("Adamjee") operated a jute processing mill in East Pakistan which has now become a separate nation known as Bangladesh.

 11. During the period of July 18, to October 27, 1971, Adamjee forwarded 56 shipments of jute from the territory of East Pakistan to Wilcox.

 12. For each shipment of jute, Adamjee financed the export transaction by borrowing from Muslim Bank the sum that would ultimately be collected from Wilcox, with delivery to the Muslim Bank of a documentary draft, including an ocean bill of lading, ...


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