PK Halder won't return to Bangladesh for 'illness'
Published : Saturday, 24 October, 2020 at 10:00 PM Count : 280
Proshanta Kumar Halder, also known as PK Halder, who has been staying in Canada with the allegation of laundering Tk 3,600 crore, will not return to Bangladesh on Sunday (October 25) for "illness."
Lawyer for International Leasing and Finance Service Limited (ILFSL) informed it the Office of Attorney General and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) through an email on Saturday.
Contacted, ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan on Saturday told the Daily Observer that PK Halder is not coming back on Sunday due to illness. "ILFSL has confirmed it through an email," he said.
The High Court last week ordered the police to take him into custody on arrival after he had sought protection to return by an Emirates Airlines flight from Dubai on October 25.
The court also ordered the Inspector General of Police, immigration authorities and the ACC to ensure his 'safe' surrender on return as he fears for his security.
Former managing director of NRB Global Bank, PK Halder was also the managing director of International Leasing and Finance Service Limited which is listed with the capital market. He fled the country amidst the allegations of clients of ILFSL. Later, the ACC filed a money laundering case against him.
Earlier, the ILFSL's lawyer told the court that PK Halder wanted to return to the country to 'return his embezzled money' seeking protection of court for his life.
There are allegations that PK halder siphoned off around Tk 10,200 crore from some non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs).
The NBFIs from which Halder allegedly embezzled huge sums are People's Leasing and Financial Services, FAS Finance and Investment, and Bangladesh Industrial Finance Company.
According to Canadian media reports, Halder is now staying in Toronto. He is the director of P&L Hal Holding Inc, a Canadian corporation.
The government imposed a travel ban on him on October 3 last year. But he managed to flee the country.
The ACC on January 8 this year had filed a case against Halder on charges of illegally amassing wealth worth Tk 275 crore.
Following a petition filed by two depositors, the HC on January 21 directed the central bank and all private banks to freeze the accounts of Halder, his five relatives, former Bank Asia managing director Erfanudidn Ahmed and Halder's aide Uzzal Kumar Nandi for allegedly misappropriating funds.
The HC ordered the government to seize the passports of 20 people, including Halder, his wife Susmita Saha and brother Pritish Kumar Halder.
The court also directed the authorities not to allow transfer of any of their movable and immovable properties, including stock, cash and cars, to any persons or entities until the disposal of the case.