Interpol has issued a red notice against PK Halder
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed five separate cases against 33 individuals of five organizations in connection with the PK Halder money laundering case.
ACC Secretary Dr Muhammad Anwar Hossain Hawlader confirmed the matter on Monday.
The anti-graft watchdog’s Deputy Director Gulshan Anwar Pradhan filed the case with its Dhaka Integrated Office 1.
The cases have been filed against 33 people, including International Leasing and Financial Services Ltd's former chairman MA Hashem, former managing director Rashedul Haque, nine board members, Ujjwal Kumar Nandi, chairman of People's Leasing and Financial Services Ltd, and PK Halder's family and friends.
Four accused, including Ujjwal Kumar Nandi and Rashedul Haque, were arrested by the ACC on Sunday.
According to the case file, the officials concerned of International Leasing and Financial Services Limited and the members of Board embezzled Tk351 crore from the bank in the name of the fake organization.
They embezzled Tk70.82 crore in the name of Anan Chemical Limited, Tk69.80 crore in the name of Sukhada Properties Limited, Tk66.98 crore in the name of Ms Barna, Tk54.55 crore in the name of Rahman Chemicals Limited and Tk83.64 crore in the name of Moon Enterprise, read the case statement.
The accused committed a punishable offence under Sections 26 (2) and 27 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Commission Act, 2004 by concealing information and engaging in money laundering.
On January 8, 2020, the ACC filed a case against Halder on charges of amassing about Tk275 crore beyond his known sources of income.
On December 3, 2020, the Canadian government informed the Bangladesh government about PK Halder's Canadian holding address.
The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) issued a red notice against PK Halder on January 8, following a request from Bangladesh Police. The move came after the High Court on November 19, 2020 asked the government and the ACC what steps were being taken to bring him back to Bangladesh.
On January 14, the ACC froze Tk1,057 crore from the accounts of 62 associates of PK Halder on charges of their being involved in his money laundering scams.