News Desk, Dhaka::
A Dhaka court has barred Evaly’s Chairman Shamima Nasrin and Managing Director (MD), Mohammad Rassel, from travelling abroad.
Dhaka Senior Special Judge KM Imrul Kayes issued the travel ban on Thursday following a petition by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
Earlier on July 9, the ACC had banned the top officials of the online marketplace Evaly from leaving the country.
ACC Deputy Director ASM Sajjad Hossain notified the police’s Special Branch (SB) and the Department of Immigration and Passport (DIP) about the matter in a letter.
On July 7, the Ministry of Commerce asked the Ministry of Home Affairs to file a case against Evaly over the embezzlement of Tk338 crore owed to merchants, which was taken as an advance from customers.
The ministry also separately wrote to the ACC to initiate relevant legal actions against the online marketplace over the irregularities reported by Bangladesh Bank.
After receiving the letter from the ministry ACC formed a two-member probe committee with ACC Assistant Director Mamunur Rashid Chowdhury and Assistant Deputy Director Muhammad Shihab Salam as members.
ACC will investigate what happened to the money taken from customers and if the money had been laundered somewhere, said ACC sources.
If proof of embezzlement is found then a case will be filed against Evaly under the Money Laundering Act.
Meanwhile, Evaly has closed its office in Dhanmondi despite the government’s removal of lockdown restrictions. Customers after going to their office for placing complaints and queries but have to leave empty-handed.
However, Evaly Managing Director Mohammad Rassel claims Evaly is running smoothly but has switched to work-from-home.
Meanwhile,bKash has suspended its payment gateway service with ten online merchants, including Evaly, citing protection of customers’ interest.
The other merchants are Alesha Mart, Dhamaka Shopping, E-orange, Sirajgonj Shop, Aladiner prodip, Qcoom, Boom Boom, Adyan Mart and Needs.
According to an official statement published on bKash’s website on Saturday, bKash stated that the company will resume transactions with the following companies when the payment system with these companies will be implemented in compliance with the regulatory guidelines issued by Bangladesh Bank.