Pocketing Tk 21 lakh: Charges pressed against Evaly chairman, CEO

Mohammad Rassel and Shamima Narsin

Two top bosses of the e-commerce platform Evaly pocketed Tk 21.62 lakh through digital forgery, a police probe in a Digital Security Act case has found.

Sub-inspector Pradip Kumar Das of Criminal Investigation Department submitted the charge sheet in the case to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Dhaka on September 19.

According to the charge sheet, Evaly Chief Executive Officer Mohammad Rassel and his wife Shamima Nasrin, the chairman, enticed customers to sell its products by publishing false information on social media platforms.

Mohammad Alamgir Hossain, a customer from Madhya Badda in the capital, on September 30 last year filed the case with Badda Police Station against the couple and 15-20 unnamed officials of Evaly.

The charge sheet said the complainant paid Tk 28.79 lakh to Evaly through bKash, Nagad, LankaBangla Finance credit card, City Bank Amex credit card and Brac Bank Visa Card for its goods from January 1, 2020 to September 1, 2021.

The investigator during the investigation did not find any illegal e-transaction, the probe report added.

The Daily Star has obtained a copy of the charge sheet.

Speaking to this newspaper, complainant Alamgir yesterday said, "I have no interest in running the case as I have already been almost fully compensated by Evaly."

Rab arrested Rassel and Shamima from their flat in the capital's Mohammadpur on September 16 last year after a customer filed a case with Gulshan Police Station over embezzlement.

Later, the couple was shown arrested in several cases filed against them with different police stations over embezzling customer's money.

Police last month pressed charges against the couple in two embezzlement cases filed with Dhanmondi Police Station by two customers.

Rassel is now behind bars, while Shamima is out on bail.