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Ministry asks Evaly for info on customers, payments

Staff Correspondent
05 Dec 2022 21:19:27 | Update: 05 Dec 2022 21:25:13
Ministry asks Evaly for info on customers, payments

The central e-commerce cell, operating under the commerce ministry, has asked Evaly to submit information by December 11 on the number of their customers and the amount of money that is stuck in payment gateways.

This cell issued a letter addressed to Evaly Chairman Shamima Nasrin in this regard on November 29.

In September, hundreds of customers and merchants gathered outside the Evaly office in the capital’s Dhanmondi area demanding their money back and the release of Evaly founder Mohammad Rassel.

The customers under the banner of “Evaly Merchant and Consumers Coordination Committee” formed a human chain outside the office following the transfer of the e-commerce platform’s responsibility to the family of Mohammad Rassel, former managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) of the controversial e-commerce platform.

Rassel’s wife Shamima Nasrin, a co-founder and former chairman of Evaly, rejoined the company’s board as its director, said Mahbub Kabir Milon, managing director of the court-appointed board.

Milon, also a former additional secretary of the government said, “We submitted the final report on Evaly to the court. I hope, Evaly will turn back if the company gets investment.”

As per the instructions of the High Court, the new board of directors has been asked to appoint an official from the commerce ministry as an independent director for Evaly.

Following a petition filed by a customer, the HC on 22 September last year put a moratorium on the sale or transfer of all movable and immovable assets of Evaly which was launched on December 16, 2018. The court also issued a ruling, asking why a liquidator should not be appointed to wind down the e-commerce platform immediately.

On October 18, 2021, the court formed a four-member new board, to manage, control, and assess the liabilities of the e-commerce platform. On September 15 last year, an Evaly customer filed a case with Gulshan Police Station against Mohammad Rassel and his wife Shamima Nasrin, erstwhile chairman of Evaly, on allegations of fraud and embezzlement.

The Rapid Action Battalion arrested Rassel and his wife Shamima in a raid at their residence in the capital’s Mohammadpur area the day after the case was filed. On April 6 last, Shamima was released on bail but her husband Rassel is still behind the bars.