Competition Commission to sue errant e-commerce firms

Published : 22 Sep 2021 09:10 PM

Chairperson of Bangladesh Competition  Commission Md Mofizul Islam on Tuesday said they would sue those e-commerce firms  which would sell products giving much more discounts compared to the usual 

market price or production costs to cheat the consumers.

  "Some e-commerce firms are selling products giving abnormal discounts to  cheat the consumers, even they are doing business with the money of the  consumers. Bangladesh Competition Commission will sue those e-commerce firms 

voluntarily in future if those are found guilty in their operations against  fair competition," he said.

The Chairperson said this while addressing a view-exchange meeting with the  representatives of various e-commerce firms at the conference room of the  Commission in the city's New Eskaton area.

Director General of Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection  Bablu Kumar Saha, Competition Commission members GM Salahuddin, Nasrin Begum,  e-Commerce Association of Bangladesh general secretary Abdul Wahed Tomal and  Economic Reporters Forum (ERF) general secretary SM Rashidul Islam spoke,  among others, on the occasion.

Mofizul informed that the Commission filed a case against Evaly on August  12 last year when they offered up to 150 percent cash back under Eid Dhamaka  Offer. The investigation to the case is nearing completion while the charge  sheet would be given very soon, he added.

He said although the government does not do business, but it discharges the  duty as a referee. "The e-commerce has gained a lot of growth within a short  time availing the business-friendly policy support of the government and the  widespread demand among the consumers," Mofizul added.

  The Competition Commission Chairman, however, issued a strong note of  warning that no anti-competition activity would be tolerated anymore for  safeguarding the interest of the consumers.

Director General of the Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection  Bablu Kumar Saha urged the consumers to give orders through online after  knowing properly the business module of the e-commerce firms. Recently allegations have been raised against some e-commerce firms namely  Evaly, e-Orange, Alesha Mart for cheating with the consumers while Evaly CEO  Mohammad Rassel and Chairman Shamima Nasrin have already been arrested. 

Currently, some 1,500 e-commerce firms are running their businesses in the  country.