PK Halder on fresh 10-day remand in India

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Desk report, May 17: Fugitive Bangladeshi scammer and former NRB Global Bank Managing Director Proshanta Kumar Halder alias PK Halder and four others, who were arrested in Ashoknagar of the Indian state of West Bengal, have been placed on fresh ten-day remand each.

India’s economic intelligence agency Directorate of Enforcement (ED) produced them before the Bankshall Special CBI Court with a 14-day remand prayer on Tuesday. Later, the court granted 10-day remand for each of them.

The court also directed to keep Halder’s female associate, who was also arrested with them, in jail for 10 days.

Earlier on Saturday midnight, the same court granted 3-day remand for each of them.

Six persons, including PK Halder, were arrested by ED from Ashoknagar on Saturday morning.

PK Halder and his other associates are accused in a multi-million financial fraud in Bangladesh. They have embezzled thousands of crores of Bangladeshi Taka and siphoned them off to India amongst other countries.

On March 1 last year, PK Halder fled Bangladesh through Jashore’s Benapole land port.

According to media reports PK Halder possessed two passports — one Bangladeshi and the other Canadian — but used his Bangladeshi passport to go to India.

In January 2021, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed five cases against 33 people, including Halder, for allegedly laundering over Tk 350 crore of International Leasing and Financial Services Limited (ILFSL).

He had laundered about Tk 80 crore to Canada and amassed about Tk 426 crore beyond his known sources of income.