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PK Halder to stay in federal agency's custody for 10 more days

A special court in Kolkata on Tuesday extended the federal economic intelligence agency's custody of  Bangladeshi businessman PK Halder by another 10 days. 

Though the Enforcement Directorate sought another two weeks for "further custodial interrogation" of Halder, the Bankshal court in the eastern Indian city gave the agency  10 more days.

The federal agency produced Halder and his associates, who were arrested in Bengal on May 13, in the city court after their three-day remand ended on Tuesday.

Halder, the former MD of NRB Global Bank, had been on the run since being charged by the Anti-Corruption Commission in Bangladesh for money laundering and amassing ill-gotten wealth.

Two of his arrested aides have been identified as Pritish Kumar Halder and Pranesh Kumar Halder. 

In fact, Halder and his associates were nabbed by the Enforcement Directorate during multiple raids across North and South 24 Parganas districts of Bengal on May 13.

"PK Halder has been posing as an Indian citizen by the name of Shibshankar Halder after having managed to fraudulently obtain various government identities...," the agency said in a statement on May 14.

The accused, including Halder, managed to float companies in India on the basis of the fraudulent documents, according to the Directorate.