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Yet to receive any formal info about arrest of PK Halder: Home Minister

Published : Sunday, 15 May, 2022 at 8:46 PM  Count : 906

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan speaks at a seminar at the National Press Club in the capital on Sunday.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan speaks at a seminar at the National Press Club in the capital on Sunday.


Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday said that the government had not yet received any official information about the arrest of PK Haldar, a fugitive Bangladeshi businessman, in the Indian state of West Bengal.

"We came to know that PK Halder was arrested and he is a wanted accused of Bangladesh. But we have not yet received any formal information about his arrest," he said while speaking at a seminar at the National Press Club.

"We will take next steps as per law," he said.

On Saturday, India's federal economic offences police arrested PK Halder and his two associates in the eastern state of West Bengal.

Halder, the former managing director 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 West 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.

According to the directorate, the three managed to float companies in India on the basis of the fraudulent documents.

Sources said that the three could eventually be handed over to Bangladesh. "We are yet to get a formal request from the authorities in the neighbouring country," they said declining to be identified.

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