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Dhamaka MD, 5 executives sued

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 10 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Dhamaka MD, 5 executives sued

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Dhamaka Managing Director Jasim Uddin Chishti and its five executives have been sued on charges of laundering Tk 1,160 million.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) filed the case with Banani Police Station in the capital on Thursday, said Officer-in-Charge Nure Azam Mia.

The other accused are Syeda Roksana Khanam, Tasfir Ridon Chishti, Masfiq Ridon Chishti, Nazim Uddin and Safwan Ahmed.

Three business entities --- Invariant Telecom Bangladesh Ltd, Micro Trade and Micro Food and Beverage -- were also accursed in the case on charges of having links with Dhamaka.

Humayun Kabir, special superintendent of police (SSP) of the Financial Crime Unit, told the Daily Sun that as per intelligence information and complaints of some customers, the CID launched an investigation into allegations against the e-commerce site several months back.

During primarily investigation, they found that the authorities of the e-commerce platform transacted a huge amount of money through different banks and other ways over the last one year.

Of the money, the CID dug out suspicious transaction of Tk 8,000 million (800 crore), he said, adding that of the amount, Tk 1,160 million was laundered inside the country.

He said that they were trying to collect evidences about the rest suspicion amount of money. In response to a question how much money was laundered abroad, the officer said they were yet to get sufficient evidence in this regard, but strive was going on.

Dhamaka, which was launched in November 2020, collected a big amount of money in advance from its huge number of customers with offers ranging from 40 percent to 50 percent discounts on various products, including private cars.

After taking the money, the company did not give delivery to most of the products.

During the preliminary investigation, the CID sent a letter to Bangladesh Bank to seize the bank accounts of Dhamaka Shopping.

As per its request, the BB ordered freezing 14 bank accounts related to Dhamakashopping.com, including the personal bank accounts of its Managing Director Jasim Uddin Chishti.

Of the frozen accounts, five are in the name of Jasim Uddin, seven in the name of Invariant Telecom Bangladesh Ltd, one in the name of Micro Trade and one in the name of Micro Food and Beverage.

The online business platform did not open any account in the Dhamaka’s name. It received the customers’ money through the 14 accounts.

A foreign travel ban was imposed on five officials, including company’s Chief Operating Officer Sirajul Islam Rana, and their national identity (NID) cards were also blocked.

Despite widespread allegations against Dhamaka, it continues to run its business and cheat customers.