SC asks BB over Tk.3600 cr embezzlement

Dhaka, Friday   10 April 2020


SC asks BB over Tk.3600 cr embezzlement

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 03:31 PM, 16 February 2020   Updated: 05:25 PM, 16 February 2020

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The Supreme Court Appeal division has sought the statement of Bangladesh Bank (BB) officer who is not under the Executive Director of the Bank and of Khondakar Ibrahim Khaled, former Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank, to know about International Leasing and Finance Services Limited.

The Appeal Bench, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain on Sunday, passed the order asking to explain on 25th February, the present state of the company and also about its liquidation

The High Court on January 21 ordered the seizure of all assets, bank accounts and passports of 20 persons, including Prashant Kumar Haldar (PK Haldar), the absconding director of International Leasing and Finance Services Limited, who has been missing with a sum of Tk. 3 thousand and 600 crores. The court also directed to submit the account of the properties of these 20 persons within 15 days.

A single bench of Justice Mohammad Khurshid Alam Sarkar appointed former Governor of Bangladesh Bank Ibrahim Khaled as the independent director and chairman of the company. When an apple was filed at the High Court filed against the order, the Appellate Division today summoned Ibrahim Khaled, an officer of the Bangladesh Bank and Khondakar. Advocate Ahsanul Karim was present in the court hearing for PK Haldar.

PK Haldar also served as the former Managing Director (MD) of NRB Global Bank and Reliance Finance Limited. He also served on International Leasing and Financial Services, People's Leasing and Financial Services, FAS Finance and Investment Limited and Bangladesh Industrial Finance Company (BIFC).

During his tenure in these institutions, he has embezzled at least Tk. 3600 crore. He has also been accused of smuggling money abroad. In addition, PK Haldar was accused of receiving illegal assets of around Tk 275 crore. Assistant Director of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Mamunur Rashid filed a case in this regard on January 8.