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Travel ban imposed on 25 accomplices of PK Halder

The High Court on Tuesday issued a travel ban against 25 alleged accomplices of PK Halder, the fugitive ex-financier who swindled over Tk 10,000 crore and run a spate of NBFIs into the ground, over a money laundering case filed by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

The bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Ahmed Sohel passed the order after hearing petitions of five depositors who were swindled.

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

Amin Uddin said the HC has passed the order to restrict the 25 accomplices of PK Haldar, the disgraced ex-director of International Leasing and Finance Service Ltd (ILFSL), from leaving the country or fleeing.

The 25 accomplices include Halder’s mother Lilaboti Halder, SK Sur, Harunur Rashid, Uzzal Kumar Nandi, Shami Huda, Amitavh Adhikary, Abontika Boral, Shamima, Runai, NI Khan, Sukumar Mridha, Anindita Mridha, Tapan Dey, Swapan Kumar Mistri, Avijit Chowdhury, Rajib Shom, Erfan Uddin Ahmed, Angan Mohan Roy, Nongo Chow Mong, Nizamul Ahsan, Manik Lal Somaddar, Sohel Shams, Mahbub Musa, AQ Siddique and Moazzem Hossain.

Earlier on October 21, the HC directed the authorities concerned to arrest Proshanto Kumar Halder as soon as he returns home.

On September 7, Halder filed an appeal seeking permission for his safe return to the country. Halder reportedly amassed Tk 3,600 crore and laundered the money abroad while performing his duties as director at ILFSL.

Besides, on January 8, 2019 the Anti-Corruption Commission also filed a case against Halder for acquiring wealth of approximately Tk 274,91,55,355 (almost Tk 275 crore) beyond any known income sources through money laundering.

In his appeal, Halder who fled to Canada after amassing the money, said that he wanted to return for providing help to recover the money of ILFSL depositors and sought security after his return back home.

The High Court had earlier ordered the confiscation of properties, freezing of bank accounts and passports to be seized of Halder, also former managing director of NRB Global Bank Ltd and 19 others including his mother, wife and brother.

After hearing appeals of seven investors of ILFSL, the court also imposed restrictions on them to leave the country. However, Halder managed to flee to Canada.

Source: United News of Bangladesh