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Order to arrest PK Halder as soon as he returns home

Staff Correspondent || shiningbd

Published: 16:10, 21 October 2020   Update: 16:51, 21 October 2020
Order to arrest PK Halder as soon as he returns home

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PK Haldar (Prashant Kumar Haldar), who has migrated abroad after embezzling around Tk 3,500 crore, has booked a ticket to return to Dhaka on an Emirates Airlines flight from Dubai on October 25. The flight is scheduled to land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 8 am Bangladesh time on the same day. The High Court has directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to take necessary steps to arrest him as soon as he returns to the country.

Prashant Kumar (PK) Haldar is the beneficiary of the lion's share of loans from International Leasing and Financial Services Limited (ILFSL).

A single bench of the High Court headed by Justice Muhammad Khurshid Alam Sarkar passed the order on Wednesday after hearing an application filed in the High Court seeking assurance of his safe return to the country.

Earlier on Tuesday, a bench of the same judge of the High Court fixed today as the date for hearing the matter.

Barrister Mahfuzur Rahman Milon appeared for ILFSL in court today. While Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan was in favor of the ACC.

Lawyers said Prashant Kumar (PK) Haldar will be able to return to the country. However, after his return to the country, it has been asked to take action against him as per the rules.

PK Haldar is accused of embezzling Tk 1,500 crore from international leasing. Besides, he has embezzled a total of around Tk 3,500 crore from different sectors.

Meanwhile, PK Haldar secretly migrated to Canada. After a long stay there, he wanted to return to the country and International Leasing filed an application in the High Court seeking his safety. It is mentioned in the application that this is his initiative to repay the investors.

Earlier on January 21, the High Court had ordered the confiscation of bank accounts and passports of 20 people, including PK Haldar, former managing director (MD) of NRB Global Bank and Reliance Finance Limited. At the same time, the court-appointed former governor of Bangladesh Bank Khandaker Ibrahim Khaled as an independent director and chairman to run International Leasing and Finance Services Limited, a listed financial sector company.

International Leasing and Finance Services Limited appealed to the Appellate Division to stay the order. On February 26, the Appellate Division rejected their application and the High Court's order remained. Long before these orders, PK Haldar secretly left the country and settled in Canada.

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