PK Halder arrested in India
Prashant Kumar Halder (PK Halder), former managing director (MD) of NRB Global Bank and Reliance Finance Limited, has been arrested in Ashiknagar of India's West Bengal.
The country's central intelligence agency Enforcement Directorate (ED) claimed that he was arrested during a raid in West Bengal on Saturday morning.
Earlier on Saturday, the ED conducted a search operation in various parts of India in search of PK Halder's close associates.
The operation was carried out in India at the request of the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit and the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC).
ED on Friday conducted simultaneous raids in at least nine places in West Bengal. They have found huge properties including a few elite houses. Many important documents including land deeds have been seized from the houses. Preliminary information has been found that PK Halder has some 20 to 22 houses in West Bengal.
Sukumar Mridha was PK Halder's income tax lawyer. He was accused in two cases of anti-corruption commission of Bangladesh for embezzling money in collusion with PK Halder. The ACC then arrested him an he is currently in jail.
Bangladesh Police had early urged Interpol to issue a red alert on Proshanta Kumar Halder, who is accused of illegally accumulating money and laundering about Tk 10,000 crore from four non-banking financial institutions abroad.
The four NBFIs are: International Leasing and Financial Services Limited, People's Leasing, FAS Finance and Investment and Reliance Finance.
The Anti-Corruption Commission on January 8 last year filed a case against PK Halder on charges of illegally amassing wealth worth Tk 275 crore.