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’Corrupt figures, money launderers cannot be spared no matter how influential’

All the corrupt figures and money launderers including Proshanta Kumar Halder must be brought to justice no matter how influential they are.

The High Court bench of Justice M Nazrul Islam Talukdar and Justice Ahmed Sohel came up with the observation on Wednesday. It set December 9 for further order in this regard.

Also, the High Court asked the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to submit the arrest warrant issued by the lower court for PK Halder, first information report (FIR) against him, and order to seize his property to the court within this time.

Advocate Md Khurshid Alam Khan stood for the ACC while Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin represented the state.

On November 18, the High Court wanted to know about the steps being taken to bring International Leasing and Finance Service Limited (ILFSL) Director Proshanto Kumar Halder, back.

So, the ACC on Wednesday submitted a report in this connection stating that they had contacted Interpol.

“This is so unfortunate that a warrant of arrest has not been issued against Proshanto Kumar Halder in two and a half months,” the court said.

On September 7, Halder filed an appeal seeking permission for his safe return to the country. He is accused of illegally amassing Tk3,600 crore and laundering it abroad while performing his duties as the ILFSL director.

On January 8, the ACC also filed a case against him for acquiring wealth worth nearly Tk275 crore beyond his known sources of income.

In his appeal, Haldar, however, said that he wanted to come back to Bangladesh to help the authorities recover the amassed money of ILFSL.

On January 22, the High Court ordered the government to confiscate the properties of Halder and 19 others, including his mother, wife, and brother, apart from freezing their bank accounts and revoking their passports.

After hearing the appeals of seven investors of ILFSL, the court also imposed restrictions on their foreign travel. However, Haldar managed to flee to Canada.

Source: United News of Bangladesh