India’s federal agency may seek extension of PK Halder’s remand

India’s federal economic intelligence agency may seek an extension of remand of Bangladeshi businessman PK Halder when he will be produced in a court in Kolkata on Tuesday.

The three-day remand of Halder and his two associates, who were arrested by India’s Enforcement Directorate in West Bengal state on Friday, ended on Tuesday.

Sources told UNB that the Enforcement Directorate would like to hand over Halder to the country’s premier probe agency — the Central Bureau of Investigation — for further interrogation in case of a remand extension.

Halder, the former MD of NRB Global Bank, had been on the run since being charged by the Anti-Corruption Commission in Bangladesh for money laundering and amassing ill-gotten wealth.

His two aides have been identified as Pritish Kumar Halder and Pranesh Kumar Halder.

The three were nabbed by the Enforcement Directorate, the economic offences agency of the Indian Home Ministry, during multiple raids across North and South 24 Parganas districts of Bengal on Friday.

“PK Halder has been posing as an Indian citizen by the name of Shibshankar Halder after having managed to fraudulently obtain various government identities…,” the Directorate said in a statement on Saturday.

The three managed to float companies in India on the basis of the fraudulent documents, according to the Directorate.

Source: United Nations of Bangladesh