Noted film stars Tahsan Khan, Rafiath Rashid Mithila and Shabnam Faria could be arrested anytime as a customer of online marketplace Evaly filed a case against them.
“They are now under close watch and likely to be arrested anytime,” Deputy Commissioner Sajjadur Rahman of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Ramna Division told the media on Friday.
The embattled e-commerce platform’s managing director Mohammad Rassel and his wife Shamima Nasrin, who served as the chairman of Evaly, have been also named in the case, investigating officer Sub-inspector Md Rajib Hossain told the media on Thursday.
The plaintiff claimed that he had ordered products worth hundreds of thousands taka from Evaly and the products were never delivered to him.
Charges of aiding and abetting fraud have been brought against actors in the case.
“Evaly founder Rassel and chairman Shamima have been formally arrested in the case. We have opened an investigation. Legal actions will be taken against other persons if their involvement is found,” said Sub-Inspector Rajib, the investigating officer.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested Rassel and Shamima in September this year in connection with a lawsuit filed by a customer alleging fraud. They have been behind the bars since then.
Many of them took up to half price discounts as an opportunity to do business by reselling the products. They invested in reselling products purchased from Evaly by borrowing hundreds of thousands of taka or selling land and gold ornaments.