PK Halder was hiding in West Bengal in disguise

PK Halder was hiding in West Bengal in disguise

Staff Correspondentdaily-bangladesh.com

Published: 17:24 14 May 2022   Updated: 20:30 14 May 2022

Arrestee PK Halder; Photo: Collected

Arrestee PK Halder; Photo: Collected

Prashanta Kumar Halder (PK Halder), former managing director (MD) of NRB Global Bank and Reliance Finance Limited, has been arrested in India. Huge assets have been found in his name in Kolkata, West Bengal.

It was learned that PK Halder had fled to West Bengal under the false name of “Shivshankar Halder”.

After hiding in West Bengal, PK Halder purchased ration cards, Indian voter ID cards, PANs and Aadhaar cards in West Bengal in the name of Shivshankar, India’s Directorate of Enforcement (ED) said in a press release on Friday.

According to the press release, search operations were conducted in different parts of West Bengal in search of Prashant Kumar Halder, Pritish Kumar Halder, Pranesh Kumar Halder and their associates. PK Halder, who fled from Bangladesh, had set up numerous institutions in India under “false pretenses”. He has bought properties in various places including the elite areas in the Kolkata metropolis. A search is underway at 10 places in search of his nameless property.

The allegation against PK Halder, former managing director (MD) of NRB Global Bank, is that he used various tactics to buy a huge amount of shares from the stock market and took control over at least four non-bank financial institutions by placing his relatives, friends and former colleagues on the board before and after the 2014 elections. He has smuggled huge sums of money abroad in the name of loans from these companies.

Earlier today, the country’s Central Intelligence Agency, Directorate of Enforcement (ED), conducted a search operation in various parts of India in search of PK Halder’s close aides.

The operation was carried out in India at the request of the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit and the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC).

ED on Friday conducted simultaneous raids in at least nine places in West Bengal. They have found huge properties including a few elite houses. Many important documents including land deeds have been recovered from the houses. Preliminary information has been found that PK Halder has “20 to 22 houses” in West Bengal.

Sukumar Mridha, PK Halder’s income tax lawyer, has been charged in two cases with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bangladesh for embezzling money in collusion with PK Halder. The ACC has arrested him. He is currently in jail. 

Sukumar Mridha’s huge luxury house has been found in Ward No. 15 of Ashoknagar Municipality in North 24 Parganas District, 50 km from Kolkata. 

According to the locals, they knew Mridha as a “fishmonger”. PK Halder and Sukumar Mridha have been neighbors in Ashoknagar for a long time. The ED believes that a huge amount of money has been embezzled from the NRB through a long-term conspiracy between the two.

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