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HC seeks Evaly documents

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 1 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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The High Court has sought all the documents of embattled e-commerce company Evaly Ltd to examine whether a board of directors can be formed to run it properly.

The single-member bench of Justice Muhammad Khurshid Alam Sarkar passed the order on Thursday following a petition filed by an aggrieved Evaly customer.

Md Farhad Hossen filed the petition seeking necessary directives to wind up the company and refund the money of customers who bought products from the e-commerce company but did not get delivery.

The HC directed the Registrar of the Joint Stock Companies and Firms to submit relevant documents on October 12 when it will issue further.

Syed Mahsib Hossain, counsel for the petitioner, said the HC has sought the documents as his client prayed for formation of a board of directors until the company is wound up.

However, the previous order of the High Court restraining sale and transfer of Evaly's assets will remain in force, he said.

Farhad wanted to buy a washing machine from Evaly in May and made advance payment through bKash and Nagad.

Evaly neither delivered the product nor refunded the money although four months have elapsed since the payment.

Mohammad Rassel, CEO of Evaly, and Shamima Nasrin, his wife and chairman of the company, were arrested on September 16 over a case filed by another aggrieved customers.

The company bosses invited the case by not delivering products to the customer who paid Tk 310,000 in advance.

During interrogation, the duo admitted to have drawn salaries of Tk 10 lakh per month stopping payments to many employees, police said.

Evaly resorted to a “go-slow” policy as the government took steps to regulate digital marketplaces.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) also started investigation into alleged misappropriation of Tk 3.38 billion of customers and merchants by Evaly.

Earlier on July 15, the court issued a travel ban on Rassel and Nasrin following a petition filed by the ACC.