Wednesday, 6 July, 2022

PK Halder on fresh remand

Prashant Kumar Halder, who was accused of embezzling several thousand crores of taka in Bangladesh, was put on fresh 10-day remand in India on Tuesday.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), the financial intelligence agency of India, produced PK Halder and his four sidekicks before a Kolkata court, seeking 14 days’ remand for interrogation. The court granted 10 days’ remand.

In the remand prayers, PK Halder has been charged with trespassing and residing in India illegally, buying property anonymously and laundering money from Bangladesh to India.

Earlier, PK Halder along with his four aides was put on three-day remand for interrogation shortly after they were arrested in a massive drive in West Bengal of India on Friday.

PK Halder, former managing director of NRB Global Bank, remained fugitive since the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in Bangladesh brought the charges of money laundering and amassing ill-gotten wealth against him.

PK Halder’s two aides have been identified as Pritish Kumar Halder and Pranesh Kumar Halder. On March 27, a Dhaka court issued an arrest warrant against PK Halder and nine others in a case filed by the ACC on charges of money laundering.

The ACC on January 8, 2020 filed the case against PK Halder for amassing an illegal wealth of around Tk 275 crore and laundering the money abroad.

According to the case sources, PK Halder embezzled Tk 3,500 crore from four financial institutions of the country in the name of various companies.

These four financial institutions are unable to return the money to the customers as the money is not refunded. The four companies are International Leasing and Financial Services, People's Leasing and Financial Services, FAS Finance and Investment Limited and Bangladesh Industrial Finance Company (BIFC).

Meanwhile, the High Court on Tuesday fixed June 12 for hearing the rule issued on November 19, 2020 over the government steps to bring back PK Halder.

The court also directed the ACC to inform the progress of the cases filed against PK Halder within this period.

The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo passed the order following the arrest of PK Halder in India.

Senior lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan was present at the hearing on behalf of the ACC while Deputy Attorney General AM Amin Uddin Manik represented the state.