PK Halder’s associate Shuvra arrested at Dhaka airport

Court places her on 5-day remand

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:18, Mar 23,2021


The Anti-Corruption Commission on Monday arrested Shuvra Rani Ghosh, an associate of former NRB Global Bank managing director Proshanta Kumar Halder, a fugitive in money laundering cases, at the Dhaka airport.

Shuvra, owner of Wakama Limited, was arrested at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport by the immigration police, ACC director for public relations Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee said.

Later, the commission deputy director, Gulshan Anwar Pradhan, took Shuvra in the custody of the commission.

The official had interrogated her for about two hours at the commission’s  interrogation cell before she was produced before a Dhaka court.

Dhaka metropolitan sessions judge KM Imrul Kayes allowed the commission to take Shuvra in its custody for interrogation for five days.

The court also rejected her bail plea.

On Sunday, the ACC filed a case against Shuvra, PK Halder and four others on charge of embezzling Tk 87.6 crore from International Leasing and Financial Services Limited in the name of the fake company, Wakama Limited.

The commission has so far arrested 11 people, including Shuvra, in connection with PK Halder cases.

PK Halder, also former managing director of Reliance Finance Limited, along with his associates, embezzled around Tk 3,500 crore from the ILFSL, said commission officials.

On January 25, the commission filed five cases against PK Halder and 32 others for siphoning off about Tk 350 crore from the ILFSL.

Over the past six months, the commission has confiscated property and bank deposits worth Tk 2,600 crore owned by PK Halder and his associates, officials said.

PK Halder is wanted in a corruption case filed by the anti-graft body in January 2020 on charges of money laundering and amassing wealth worth Tk 274.91 crore beyond his known sources of income.

He has allegedly swindled out more than Tk 10,000 crore from various financial institutions by the way of taking loans in the names of companies owned by him, his family and associates, according to commission prosecutor Khurshid Alam Khan.

He allegedly fled to Canada after embezzling the money.

PK Halder, a former deputy managing director of Industrial and Infrastructure Development Finance Company Limited, joined Reliance Finance as its managing director in 2009.

He became the managing director of the erstwhile NRB Global Bank, now Global Islamic Bank, in July 2015.

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