The court has banned four persons including the chairman of e-commerce company Alesha Mart Manjurul Alam Shikder from traveling abroad. Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Md. Asaduzzaman gave this order on Wednesday.
Tapas Kumar told that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the police filed a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act at the capital’s Banani police station against the chairman of Alesha Mart, Manjurul Alam. In that case, the CID applied to the court seeking ban on the foreign travel of four people including Manjurul Alam. After the hearing, the court granted it. The other three who have been banned from traveling abroad are Manjurul Alam’s wife Sadia Chowdhury, SK Traders owner Al Mamun and a man named Abul Kashem.
Tapas Kumar Pal also said that in addition to the ban on foreign travel, the court ordered the seizure of all assets in the name of Manjurul Alam in Gazipur.
On 26 July 2020, Alesha Mart received registration from the Directorate of Joint Venture Companies and Firms. Later, the company took trade license from North City Corporation of Dhaka on November 10, 2020. Alesha Mart’s journey officially started on January 7, 2021.
After the start of the journey, the company takes advance money from customers for supplying motorcycles and various electronic products at low prices. However, the CID claims that they are doing money laundering under the guise of e-commerce business without giving products or refunding money to many customers.
According to the CID, Tk 421 crore was withdrawn from four bank accounts of Alesha Mart in four private banks. Apart from this, the immovable assets of Tk 31 crore have been purchased in the name of Alesha Mart chairman Manjurul Alam and his related organizations. The asset was purchased between January 31 and August 25, 2021.
Citing the income tax statement of Manjurul Alam for the fiscal year 2020-2021, CID says that Manjurul’s income was only 13 lakh 90 thousand including salary and ancillary salary. But in a span of seven months, he bought assets worth 31 crore rupees.
In the case, CID officer Al Mamun said that the chairman of Alesha Mart, Manjurul Alam, bought about 2,000 acres of land in Kaliakair area of Gazipur with the customer’s money. The estimated value of which is shown to be 21 crore rupees.
A senior officer of CID, who is involved in the investigation process on the condition of anonymity, told Prothom Alo that Alesha Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Alesha Mart, took a large amount of money from customers in the name of selling motorcycles and electronic products at low prices.
Alesha Tech Limited, Alesha Export-Import Limited, Alesha Card Limited, Alesha Ride Limited, Alesha Pharmacy Limited, Alesha Engineering & Service Limited, Alesha Food & Beverage Limited and Alesha Agro Limited have been removed as banks.