Evaly CEO tells cops he committed no crime
Evaly has liabilities of upwards of Tk 700 crore to its customers and about Tk 250 crore to vendors, Mohammad Rassel, chief executive officer of the controversial e-commerce platform, told investigators.
Rassel boasted that he did not commit any crime but he gave products at a very low price with big discounts, law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation told The Daily Star on condition of anonymity.
"It's not like that no one got the products -- many of them got their orders," an official told The Daily Star quoting Rassel, who was arrested from his residence on Thursday along with his wife Shamima Nasrin, also the chairperson of Evaly.
The duo is in police custody on a three-day remand, which ended yesterday. They will be produced before a Dhaka court.
The arrest came in response to a case filed with the Gulshan police station by an aggrieved Evaly customer who had paid for an order amounting to Tk 3.1 lakh back in May but never received the goods.
Officials are still investigating the matter, and particularly if any amount was laundered.
Besides, a large sum of money was spent on promotion, Rassel had told investigators.
Md Asaduzzaman, deputy commissioner of Gulshan division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), told The Daily Star that they have sought information about bank details and payment gateways to know the exact amount of Evaly's liabilities to customers.
Earlier, the Rapid Action Battalion, which made the arrests from the capital's Mohammadpur area, told media that the company's total liability was upwards of Tk 1,000 crore.
Investigators said they would look into the wealth and assets of the Evaly CEO, his wife and other members of their family at home and abroad.
Newton Das, assistant commissioner of DMP's Gulshan Zone, told The Daily Star that they interrogated Rassel and Nasrin separately. If needed, they would be taken to remand again.
In another development, Dhanmondi police have shown the duo arrested in a case filed by a seller over embezzlement of more than Tk 35 lakh.
They then filed a prayer with a Dhaka court to place Rassel and Nasrin on a seven-day remand each.
Aminul Islam, inspector (investigation) of Gulshan Police Station, said although money laundering is not their concern of investigation, they are interrogating about it.
If they get any information, they would inform the matter to the Criminal Investigation Department of the police for further investigation, he said.
The inspector said they got a list of customers and merchants from Evaly's server and they would inform the matter to court.