Orders to confiscate bank accounts of 20 along PK Halder upheld

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Orders to confiscate bank accounts of 20 along PK Halder upheld

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 02:50 PM, 26 February 2020  

High Court; File Photo

High Court; File Photo

The Appellate Division of Supreme Court on Wednesday has upheld the order of confiscating bank accounts and passports of 20 people including Proshanto Kumar Halder, former managing director (MD) of NRB Global Bank and Reliance Finance Limited, in connection with money laundering of International Leasing and Finance Service Ltd (ILFSL). 

The Appellate Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain dismissed the petition of ILFSL.

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam was present for the state in the court while Barrister Tanjib ul Alam was present for the Bangladesh Bank. On the other hand, Lawyer Ahsanul Karim heard the case for ILFSL.  

The High Court on January 21 ordered to confiscate all assets, bank accounts and passports of 20 persons, including Proshanto Kumar Halder (PK Haldar).  

At the same time, the High Court appointed Khondkar Ibrahim Khaled, a former deputy governor of Bangladesh Bank, as an independent director and chairman to manage International Leasing and Finance Service Ltd (ILFSL), a listed company in the financial sector.

When the ILFSL filed an appeal against the order of the High Court, the Appellate Division on February 16 summoned Ibrahim Khaled and a senior official of Bangladesh Bank. Accordingly, they appeared before the Appellate Division on Tuesday and gave their views. Then, the court fixed Wednesday for the order.

Apart from PK Halder, the High Court ordered to confiscate bank accounts and passports of those — Managing Director of the company M Nurul Alam, Director Zahirul Alam, MA Hashem, Nasim Anwar, Basudev Banerjee, Papiya Banerjee, Momtaz Begum, Nowsherul Islam, Anwarul Kabir, Engineer Nuruzzaman, Abul Hashem, Md. Rashedul Haque, PK Haldar’s mother Lilaboti Halder, wife Sushmita Saha, brother Pritush Kumar Halder, cousin Amitabh Adhikari, Avijit Adhikari, former director of Bank Asia Irfan Uddin Ahmed, PK Halder’s friend Ujjal Kumar Nandi.

It is alleged that Proshanto Kumar Halder (PK Halder) has looted at least Tk 3500 crore from various financial institutions.

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