PK Halder’s mother, 24 others face travel ban

Staff Correspondent

6 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The High Court on Tuesday slapped a travel ban on 25 people, including Lilaboti Halder, mother of former Managing Director of NRB Global Bank and Reliance Finance PK Halder, in connection with embezzling and laundering money.

PK Halder was facing charges of misappropriating Tk 10,000 crore taken from different financial institutions against companies owned by him and members of his family.

Others who are facing the travel ban include former Bangladesh Bank Deputy Governor SK Sur, former Education Secretary and incumbent Chairman of International Leasing and Financial Services Ltd Nazrul Islam Khan and PK’s associate Uzzal Kumar Nandi. The HC directed the Anti-Corruption Commission to interrogate the 25 people, if necessary.

The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Ahmed Sohel passed the order following a petition filed by former Chief Justice Mustafa Kamal’s daughter Nashid Kamal and Raziul Hasan, Samia Binte Mahbub, Md Tariqul Islam and Showkatur Rahman who are cheated by PK Halder.

The court also set January 20 for passing a further order on the issue.

The government told the court that the process to issue a red alert by the Interpol to arrest PK Halder is underway.

On December 1 last, a Dhaka court issued a warrant for his arrest following a petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

The order came hours after the High Court had expressed dissatisfaction over the delay in arresting the fraudster who is absconding abroad.

On October 21, the High Court directed law enforcement agencies to arrest alleged money launderer PK Halder on his return from abroad.

The government had issued a travel ban on him on October 3 last year but he managed to go abroad.

The HC had also directed the Inspector General of Police and immigration authorities to create congenial atmosphere to allow PK Halder to come back home, asking the launderer to refund the money to the affected organisations.