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Find culprits behind e-commerce scams: HC

Published : 23 May 2022 09:53 PM | Updated : 24 May 2022 02:02 PM

The High Court has ordered authorities concerned to identify the people and companies as well as the culprits behind the e-commerce scams across the country. The court also asked to submit a report on the results of the fraud to the court.

The HC bench of Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Khizir Hayat issued the order on Monday after holding hearing on three separate writ petitions filed in this regard.

Advocate Mohammd Shishir Manir, Advocate Anwarul Islam and Barrister Humayun Kabir Pallab filed and moved the writ petitions before the court, while lawyer Shamim Khaled represented Bangladesh Bank and Deputy Attorney General Bipul Baghmar represented the state.

The High Court also issued a rule asking authorities concerned as to why their inaction in determining the liability behind financial scams. In the ruling, the higher court also said why an independent regulatory authority should not be set up to oversee e-commerce trade.

The authorities concerned were asked to submit explanation within four working weeks.

Barrister Humayun Kabir Pallab, who filed one of the writ petitions, said that the High Court asked the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to determine the amount of money laundered abroad from the country’s e-commerce companies.

The court also asked the Commerce Ministry to assess the amount of money deposited by consumers on the e-commerce platform. 

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