Govt to issue show-cause notice to Evaly

Staff Correspondent

19 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government has decided to issue a show-cause notice to controversial ecommerce platform Evaly, asking for clarification on refund of the money of customers.

The decision was taken at a meeting at the Ministry of Commerce on Sunday.

“We will ask the ecommerce platforms about their business plan. Initially, we will send letter to Evaly first, asking the way to refund the public money as there are massive complaints against them. Then other platforms will get the notice gradually on the basis of their performance,” Hafizur Rahman, director general at WTO Cell of Commerce Ministry, told the Daily Sun.

Earlier, Evaly has closed its head office despite taking payments for products from numerous customers. Against this backdrop, the court issued a travel ban on Evaly Chairman Shamima Nasrin and Managing Director Mohammad Rassel asking them not to leave the country until the completion of the investigation run by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Evaly, owned by the couple, is still continuing the gambling breaching the directives of the government and the court order.

There are allegations that the ecommerce platform has been running different campaigns, including Cyclone (which is later renamed as T10), to take advance from customers with unnatural pricing and it holds the public money for months delaying the deliveries of the products, sources said.

Industry insiders said the company was doing business using public money through running different campaigns to take money from customers who interested to take the new type of services like ecommerce.