Former International Leasing and Financial Services Limited managing director Rashedul Haque shared with the Anti-Corruption Commission names of some Bangladesh Bank officials who had allegedly helped Proshanto Kumar Halder to embezzle about Tk 3,000 crore from the leasing company, said ACC officials.
Rashedul, considered as a key associate of former NRB Global Bank managing director PK Halder, on Wednesday gave a confessional statement to a Dhaka court after a three-day ACC interrogation in a case following his arrest on January 24, they said.
An ACC official told New Age that during the interrogation, Rashedul told them that at least two senior officials of the Bangladesh Bank had helped PK Halder at most stages of the embezzlement process.
He said that Rashedul informed the investigator that PK Halder had regularly bribed a section of BB officials involved in audit and inspection of non-banking financial institutions.
On January 5, the High Court slapped an international travel ban on 25 people, including family members of PK Halder and former Bangladesh Bank deputy governor SK Sur, for their alleged connection with PK Halder.
PK Halder is facing an allegation of embezzling over Tk 10,000 crore, which he took out as loans from different financial institutions in the name of companies owned by him and his family members.
He fled the country after allegedly embezzling the money.
On November 26, 2020 a Dhaka court issued a warrant for his arrest and sent the order to the home ministry.
On October 24, 2020, 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 in the year as scheduled as he had developed COVID-19 symptoms.
He earlier expressed his willingness to return to the country to help ILFSL to recover its money.
PK Halder made a U-turn two days after the High Court on October 21, 2020 had asked the inspector general of police and the ACC to arrest him immediately on his arrival at 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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