Evaly CEO Russell, his wife banned from leaving country
Published: 05:26 PM, 9 July 2021 Updated: 05:49 PM, 9 July 2021
Russell, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Evaly; File Photo
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has banned the departure of Russell, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Evaly, one of the country's top e-commerce companies and his wife Shamim Nasrin, president of Evaly.
ACC sources confirmed the information on Friday afternoon.
Earlier, the ACC formed a two-member committee, headed by ACC Assistant Director Mamunur Rashid Chowdhury, on Thursday to probe the allegations against Evaly. The other member of the committee is Deputy Assistant Director Muhammad Shihab Salam.
ACC Commissioner (Investigation) Md. Mozammel Haque Khan confirmed the matter to the media.
He said a two-member committee had been formed with the decision to investigate based on the letter sent by the Commerce Ministry. The members of the investigation team will be responsible for various complaints received by the ACC and recommendations of the Commerce Ministry.
It is learned that Evaly takes around Tk 339 crore in advance from customers and merchants in the name of buying and selling products online. But it was reported that “no trace of the money” was found. The ACC went to the field in search of that money.
According to ACC sources, the commission has also taken a final decision in this regard based on the letter sent from the Ministry of Commerce and the investigation report of Bangladesh Bank. However, the search may be “slowed down” due to the government-announced strict lockdown as COVID outbreaks increase.
Earlier on July 4, the Commerce Ministry had written to four government agencies to take necessary action after investigating various allegations against Evaly. The agencies are the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), the Public Security Department of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Bangladesh Competition Commission and the Directorate of National Consumers’ Rights Protection.