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ACC approves 13 more cases against PK Halder

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 17 February, 2022 12:00 AM
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The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has approved the filing of 13 more cases against 13 persons, including PK Halder, after a primary investigation into FAS Finance and Investment’s embezzlement of Tk 1,300 crore.

The total amount of the money embezzled by the PK Halder syndicate in these cases is Tk 523 crore, ACC officials said.

ACC Secretary Mahbub Hossain came up with information while talking to journalists at the ACC headquarters in the capital’s Segunbagicha on Wednesday.

He said 13 cases were approved on charges of embezzling Tk 523 crore from FAS Finance and Investment.

The inquiry into other incidents is also at the final stage. He also informed that ACC Deputy Director Gulshan Anwar Pradhan on Tuesday arrested former Managing Director of FAS Finance Rassel Shahriar in the cases.

Later, a Dhaka court on Wednesday placed Rassel on three days’ remand for interrogation.

The ACC informed that the cases were approved as Tk44 crore was embezzled by the shell company of PK Halder NB Trading, Tk 45 crore by Nature Enterprise, Tk 30 crore by Nutrical, Tk 42 crore by SA Enterprise, Tk 40 crore by Sukhada, Tk 40 crore by MTB Marine, Tk 45 crore by Hal International, Tk 40 crore by Swandip Corporation, Tk 44 crore by Diya Shipping, Tk 35 crore by Moon Enterprise, Tk 38 crore by Borno, Tk 40 crore by RB and Tk 40 crore by Marine Trust.

PK Halder and his syndicate took control of FAS Finance and Investment Ltd after purchasing shares in the organization at the end of 2014. They also removed all the old employees and replaced them with people suitable to their scheme, making Rassel Shahriar the Managing Director. Rassel was an acquaintance of PK Halder as they used to work in the same organization in 2007.

As the MD of FAS Finance, Rassel approved a loan amounting to Tk 500 crore by the board and distributed it to various companies of PK Halder.

The accused of the cases are NB Trading owner Shuvra Rani Ghosh, former MD of International Leasing and Finance Ltd Prashanta Kumar Halder, FAS Finance Chairman Mohammed A Hafiz, Vice-Chairman Jahangir Alam, Director Siddiqur Rahman, Uzzal Kumar Nandi, Anjan Kumar Roy, Arun Kumar Kundu, Uddab Mallik, Md Shahjahan, Mostain Billah, Satya Gopal Poddar and MD Rassel Shahriar.

One of the 13 cases was filed on Tuesday while the rest would be filed on Wednesday or Thursday, said ACC officials