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Charges framed against PK Halder, 13 others over money laundering

The court scheduled September 22 for starting trial of the case

Update : 08 Sep 2022, 03:30 PM

A Dhaka court on Thursday framed charges against former managing director of NRB Global Bank Proshanta Kumar Halder, known as PK Halder, and 13 others in a case filed over laundering money abroad and amassing illegal wealth.

Judge Mohammad Nazrul Islam of the Special Judge’s Court-10 passed the order.

Apart from PK Halder, the other accused in the case are PK Halder’s mother Lilabati Halder, Purnima Rani Halder, Uttam Kumar Mistry, Amitabh Adhikari, Pritish Kumar Halder, Rajib Som, Subrata Das, Ananga Mohan Roy, Swapan Kumar Mistry, Avantika Baral, Shankha Bepari, Sukumar Mridha and Anindita Mridha.

Among them Avantika Baral, Shankha Bepari, Sukumar Mridha and Anindita Mridha are in jail.

Defense counsel submitted discharged petitions before the court seeking discharge the four out of fourteen accused from the case. The court, however, rejected the petition.

PK Halder and nine others were shown fugitive in the charge sheet and charges were framed against them in their absence.

The court also fixed September 22 for starting trial of the case, ACC Public Prosecutor Mir Ahmed Ali Salam confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

“This is the first ever case that charge was framed against PK Halder who is an accused in over 37 cases,” he said. 

On January 8, 2020, the ACC filed a case against PK Halder for acquiring and smuggling illegal assets worth Tk275 crore. The investigation of the case has so far received information about embezzlement and smuggling of around Tk3,000 crore.

He is the former managing director of NRB Global Bank. At the same time, he controlled four other financial institutions - International Leasing and Financial Services (ILFSL), People's Leasing and Financial Services, FAS Finance and Investment Limited and Bangladesh Industrial Finance Company (BIFC).

On May 14 this year, PK Halder was arrested in Ashoknagar of India’s West Bengal.

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