ACC seeks Interpol aid to bring back PK Halder...

ACC seeks Interpol aid to bring back PK Halder

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 06:25 PM, 16 May 2022   Updated: 06:26 PM, 16 May 2022

Prashanta Kumar Halder, PK Halder, arrested in India; Photo: Collected

Prashanta Kumar Halder, PK Halder, arrested in India; Photo: Collected

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has sought the cooperation of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to bring back Prashanta Kumar Halder (PK Halder) who was detained in India, fled there after embezzling nearly Tk 3,500 crore. 

Besides, the ACC will ask the Ministry of Home Affairs to bring him back to the country. Assistance will also be sought from the Bangladesh Embassy in India. 

ACC acting secretary Sayeed Mahbub Khan shared all this information at a press conference at noon on Monday after the meeting under the chairmanship of ACC chairman Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah to bring back PK Halder and his smuggled assets.

Sayeed Mahbub Khan said the ACC has 35 cases against PK Halder. Chargesheets have been filed in only one of these cases. There is an arrest warrant against PK Halder in that case. 

Noting that India has not yet officially informed Bangladesh about the arrest of PK Halder, the ACC acting secretary said “PK Halder has been arrested” which is understood from some press releases of the Indian government.

He said there were “four-five cases against the man who was mentioned” in the Indian government’s press release. ED is interrogating him there. As per the case details, he had smuggled money from Bangladesh and was in hiding in India after changing his name. Besides, looking at the picture of the arrested person, it is understood that he is PK Haldar. 

The ACC had earlier given some information to India’s intelligence agency. He further added that all the information was helpful in conducting the operation and arresting PK Halder. 

Asked what action would be taken if any influential person was involved in PK Haldae’s graft incident, Sayeed Mahbub Khan said, “We will take legal action based on the evidence.”