BFIU finds PK Halder’s assets in India, Singapore, Canada

M Moneruzzaman | Published: 19:24, Jan 16,2021 | Updated: 00:01, Jan 17,2021


Prashanta Kumar Halder

The Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit has found information on ‘financial and non-financial assets’ abroad of former NRB Global Bank managing director Prashanta Kumar Halder, who is wanted in several money laundering cases.

The BFIU has shared the information to the office of the Attorney General and the Anti-Corruption Commission recently, deputy attorney general AKM Amin Uddin and ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan told New Age on Saturday.

DAG Amin said that he would submit the BFIU report to the High Court bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim during the hearing on the issue scheduled for January 20.

‘As per the Anti-Money Laundering Prevention Act 2012 (Amended 2015), the BFIU is not empowered to arrest or repatriate an absconding person from abroad,’ said the BFIU report.

It said that the BFIU had already collected details of financial and non-financial assets of PK Halder from financial intelligence units of India, Singapore and Canada through Egmont Secured Channel and the information received from the foreign FIUs were also disseminated to the ACC for further investigation.

The report said that the BFIU, on the request of the ACC, had earlier frozen the accounts of PK Halder and 82 other suspected money launders with banks, non-banking financial institutions and capital market intermediaries.

The BFIU said that it prepared an intelligence report on the loan scams of International Leasing and Financial Service Ltd and disseminated the report to the ACC on June 1, 2020.

The unit analysed all the loans of Tk 1 crore and above and ‘money trail’ and unearthed the ultimate beneficiaries of the depositors’ money.     

It said that it conducted inspection on the ILFSL and found that corruption and financial irregularities started in three years after the ILFSL had been taken over by four financial institutions — Nature Enterprise Limited, BR International Limited, New Tech Enterprise Limited and HAL International Limited — in 2015.

The BFIU said that Tk 2,467.98 crore was embezzled after transferring the amount to the capital market in the name of issuing loans for fake financial institutions.

It said that the BFIU examined money trail of 43 loan recipients’ financial institutions.   

On Thursday, the ACC at a briefing told reporters that it detected connections of 62 people with PK Halder and it had so far frozen around Tk 1,058 crore in this connection.

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.

The 62 people are in the BFIU list of 82 suspected money launders sent to the ACC, said a BFIU official.

Earlier January 5, the High Court slapped an international travel ban on 25 people, including the family members of PK Halder and former Bangladesh Bank deputy governor SK Sur and some female friends of PK Halder, for their alleged connection with him.

PK Halder is facing an allegation of embezzling Tk 10,000crore, which he took out as loan from different financial institutions in the name of companies owned by him and his family members.

PK Halder fled abroad after allegedly embezzling the money.

Former education secretary Nazrul Islam Khan, who is also the incumbent chairman of ILFSL, PK Halder’s mother Lilaboti Halder and his cohort Uzzal Kumar Nandi are among the people facing the travel ban.  

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