ACC detects 62 people’s link with PK Halder

Staff Correspondent | Published: 17:53, Jan 14,2021 | Updated: 00:29, Jan 15,2021


Prashanta Kumar Halder

The Anti-Corruption Commission has detected connections of 62 people with former NRB Global Bank managing director Prashanta Kumar Halder and it has so far frozen around Tk 1,058 crore in this connection.

The commission secretary Md Anwar Hossain Howlader revealed the information at a press conference at the commission head office.

He, however, did not share the names.

He said that the commission found the money at  different banks.

On the day, the commission interrogated four officials of People’s Leasing and Financial Services Limited to collect information about money laundering by PK Halder and his associates form the non-banking financial institute.

They are PLFSL chief executive officer and managing director Sami Huda, executive vice-president Kazi Ahmed Jamal, chief financial officer Manik Lal Samaddar and head of credit Mahmuda Kaysar.

According to ACC officials, several cases would be filed against the 62 people on charge of their alleged involvement in assisting PK Halder in laundering about Tk 10,000 crore.

ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan said that PK Halder embezzled the amount allegedly by taking out loans from different financial institutions in the name of the companies owned by him and his family members.

On November 26, 2020, a Dhaka court issued a warrant for Halder’s arrest and sent the order to the home ministry.

On October 24, PK Halder informed the office of the attorney general and the ACC that he would not be able to return to the country on October 25

as scheduled as he had developed COVID-19 symptoms.

He had earlier expressed his willingness to return to the country to help International Leasing and Financial Services Limited to recover its money.

PK Halder promptly took a U-turn two days after the High Court on October 21 asked the inspector general of police and the ACC to arrest him immediately upon his arrival at the Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka from Dubai and ensure his presence at the lower court where he is wanted in a corruption case.

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