A mobile court of Chittagong district administration discovered the malpractice after conducting a drive at ‘Young Lady’, a cloth shop of the city’s Mimi Super Market, yesterday afternoon.The same shop had another dress which was selling at Tk14,500. However, the wholesale price of the dress was Tk4,550. The mobile court led by Executive Magistrate Tahmilur Rahman conducted a drive at 20 shops at Mimi Super Market, Afmi Plaza and Sanmar Shopping Complex. The mobile court only warned the sellers instead of slapping any fine.Admitting earning excessive profit to the mobile court, Md Nurussafa of Young Lady said, “I have made a mistake. I will adjust the price within 24 hours.”Besides, a Sari was selling at Tk41,000 at a shop named ‘Achal’ in the same market. However, Joynal Abedin, owner of the shop and president of Mimi Super Market, could not show any purchase document to the mobile court. While conducting the drive, Tahmilur asked all errant sellers to adjust prices of their products. The magistrate told the Dhaka Tribune that the traders wrote the prices of their products in different secret codes and then they fleece the customers at their sweet will.
“The traders are seen to ask exorbitant prices from the customers in case of Indian dresses. We have warned the errant traders since it was the first day of the drive. We will not excuse them next time,” he warned.