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High Court directs law enforcers to arrest PK Halder upon his return to Bangladesh

  • Published at 09:21 pm October 21st, 2020
PK Halder
File photo of Prashanta Kumar Halder Collected

On September 7, PK Halder filed an application with High Court seeking security so that he may return to Bangladesh

The High Court has directed the law enforcement agencies of the country to arrest Prashanta Kumar Halder, also known as PK Halder, immediately after his return to Bangladesh.

Halder reportedly amassed Tk3,600 crore and siphoned the money abroad while performing his duties as the director of International Leasing And Financial Services Ltd (ILFSL).

The bench of Justice Muhammad Khurshid Alam Sarkar passed the order on Wednesday after hearing a petition filed by ILFSL seeking necessary directives in this regard.

Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan, who represented the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), confirmed the matter.

The court also ordered the law enforcement agencies to give Halder the scope to return money to the organizations from which he embezzled the money, he said.

During the hearing, ILFSL informed the court that Halder intended to arrive at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 8am on October 25 via Emirates airline from Dubai.

Attorney General AM Amin Uddin represented the state, while lawyer Mahfuzur Rahman Milon appeared for ILFSL and Khurshid Alam represented the ACC.

On September 7, PK Halder, former managing director of NRB Global Bank and Reliance Finance Ltd, filed an application with the High Court seeking security so that he may return to Bangladesh.

In addition to asking for security, he said he wished to discuss how to return the embezzled money.

Counsel for ILFSL’s was directed to inform the court about the date of Halder’s arrival and other flight details.

The court also said Halder would have to stay in legal custody after arriving in the country, Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan told Dhaka Tribune.

On January 21, the High Court ordered the government to freeze the bank accounts and seize the passports of 20 people, including PK Halder.

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