ACC files 5 more cases against PK Halder

Staff Correspondent

19 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday filed five more cases against 37 people including NRB Global Bank former Managing Director Prashanta Kumar Halder on charges of embezzling over Tk 434 crore.

The anti-graft body’s deputy director Gulshan Anwar Prodhan filed the cases with its Integrated district Office Dhaka-1 accusing the 37 people for the corruption charges, said ACC director (media) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee.

According to the cases, International Leasing and Financial Services Limited (ILFS) Managing Director Md Rashedul Haque, acting managing director Md Abed Hossain, ILFSL Chairman MA Hashem and board of director members and other officials involved approved loan of TK434.6 crore to five name-only institutions without verifying required documents and mortgages against the loans. 

Of the amount, Lipro International Ltd received Tk174 crore as loan, R B Enterprises Tk55 crore, Okayama Limited Tk87.60 crore, Imoxo Tk58 and Konika Enterprise Tk60 crore.

The accused embezzled the money and later shifted it to various accounts of fake companies and individuals to hide sources of the money and thereby committed crime under the Money Laundering Prevention Act 2012.

The others accused are: Imam Hossain, Uttam Kumar Mistri, Ratan Kumar Biswas, Subrata Das, Nahida Runai, Rafsan Riad Chowdhury, Papiya Benarjee, Nurul alam, Nawsherul Islam, Basudeb Benarjee, Nasim Anwar, Md Nuruzzman, Abul Hashem, and Zahirul Alam.

Of them, Syed Abed Hasan, Nahida Runai and Rafsan Riad Chowdhury were arrested by ACC on Tuesday from the capital’s Motijheel area.

On March 9, the commission approved 10 cases against the 37 people including PK Halder on charges of embezzling and laundering Tk 800 crore.

According to ACC officials, PK Halder is facing allegations of embezzling around Tk 100 billion, which he took as loans from different financial institutions in the name of companies owned by him and his family members.

PK Halder fled to Canada amid allegation of embezzling money from ILFSL early last year.

In January, last year, ACC filed first case against PK Halder on charges of amassing and laundering Tk 2.75 billion while five more graft cases were also filed against PK Halder and 32 others on January 25 this year for embezzling Tk 351 crore.