Investigator’s plea for remand as well as defence’s bail petition turned down
A Dhaka court has ordered police to interrogate Evaly CEO Mohammad Rassel at the jail gate on embezzlement charges brought by a customer.
On Thursday, police produced the online marketplace’s founder in court and moved a petition to interrogate Rassel in custody in the case filed with Dhanmondi police station.
The investigating officer had sought a five-day remand, but the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Md Hasibul Haque ordered police to quiz Rassel at the prison gate within three working days. It also turned down the bail petition moved by the defence.
Md Mujahidur Rahman, a customer of the now infamous ecommerce platform, filed the case against Rassel and his wife Shamima Nasrin, chairperson Evaly, on Wednesday.
He claimed that he had paid Tk85,000 to Evaly for an air-conditioner a long time ago but had yet to receive the product.
On Tuesday, the same court granted a one-day remand for Rassel and sent his wife Nasrin to jail after the couple had been brought before the court following a three-day remand in a fraud case lodged with Gulshan police station.
Earlier, following the filing of the fraud case, the Rapid Action Battalion raided the couple’s flat in Dhaka's Mohammadpur area on September 16 and detained the duo before turning them over to police the next day.
After initial interrogation, RAB, quoting Rassel and Nasrin, claimed that Evaly owed more than Tk1,000 crore to its customers and suppliers but had only Tk30 lakh in its bank account.
Rassel had planned to float Evaly shares in the stock market after running his company for three years. He had also planned to declare himself bankrupt after failing to repay the debt, RAB said at a press conference on September 17.