On Friday, Mohammad Rassel, CEO of e-commerce platform Evaly, and its chairman his wife Shamima Nasrin were detained by the police for three days on suspicion of cheating and defrauding money from one of Evaly’s 4 million customers and distributors.
In the meantime, customers and distributors held a demonstration in front of the capital’s Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court and the Shahbagh intersection, demanding the immediate release of Mohammad Rassel and calling on the government to give him more time to pay off all the company’s debts.
The police foiled both of the demonstrations.
Metropolitan Magistrate Atikul Islam passed his order after a 15-minute hearing. Dhaka Court Prosecutor Md Abdullah Abu described the main points of Evaly consumer Arif Barek’s complaint and stated that the company cheated after receiving payment from consumers.
Evaly’s lawyer, Moniruzzaman Asad, argued that the allegations made by one of the company’s clients against his client were irrational and stated that many products could not be delivered on time due to the interruption of global communications.
He said that his client sought government support for six months to pay off the debt, but he was caught in advance.
Moniruzaman argued that Russell responded to the three replies from the Ministry of Commerce within the time he requested, but if he was detained, how would consumers obtain their products.
He said that the company has no criminal liability, but civil liability.
When the defense attorney members further argued about granting bail to their client, the Metropolitan Magistrate announced that the two suspects- Russell and Shamina would each be remanded in custody for three days.
When asked about these allegations, Russell and Shamima did not comment when they left the courtroom under police escort.