21 Sep 2021, 19:36

Competition Commission to sue e-commerce firms giving abnormal offers

  DHAKA, Sept 21, 2021 (BSS) - Chairperson of Bangladesh Competition 
Commission Md Mofizul Islam today 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 

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