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e-commerce scams Writ seeking judicial probe

23 September 2021


Staff Reporter :
A writ petition has been filed with the High Court challenging the inactions of the concerned bodies of the government in monitoring and regulating the e-commerce platforms and protecting the interest of the customers and e-commerce organizations.
It also prayed to the court to form a one-member enquiry committee headed by a retired Supreme Court judge to ascertain the persons or government authorities whose negligence or failure caused serious financial loss and damage to millions of buyers of the online markets. Law and Life Foundation Trust, a rights organization, and two other persons, SM Rassel Siddique and Hasib, filed the petition on Wednesday as a public interest litigation, said their lawyer Barrister Pallob Kabir M Humaun.
Ministry of Commerce, National Board of Revenue (NBR), Bangladesh Bank, Evaly, Aleshamart and others have been made respondents in the petition.
The petitioners sought a ruling from the court as to why the inaction of the respondents to monitor and regulate e-commerce platforms and to protect interest of the customers and e-commerce organizations of Bangladesh should not be declared illegal.
In the ruling it also wanted to know as to why inaction of the respondents to ascertain the person or government authority whose negligence and failure caused serious financial loss and damage to millions of buyers of various goods from market place popularly kwon as Evaly, e-orange, Dhamaka, Aleshamart, etc. ecommerce companies should not be declared illegal.
It also wanted to know as to why the inaction of the respondents in not formulating appropriate law to regulate the e-commerce in Bangladesh should not be declared illegal, and as to why the inaction of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in not investigating and ascertaining the amount of money laundered by Evaly, e-orange, Dhamaka, Aleshamart, Daraz, Qcoom, Aladiner Prodip, Dalal Plus etc. ecommerce companies and find out the persons who committed such money laundering till date should not be declared illegal.
It also wanted to know as to why the inaction of the Bangladesh Bank in not providing a report whether Evaly, e-orange, Dhamaka, Aleshamart, Daraz, Qcoom, Aladiner Prodip, Dalal Plus etc. ecommerce companies complied with relevant law, regulations and circulars for their financial transactions and locating the amount of money paid by the buyers to such companies should not be declared illegal.
The petition would be mentioned today (Thursday) in the High Court bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Razik Al Jalil, said the lawyer.



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