Law-enforcing authorities in the Indian state of West Bengal have arrested former NRB Global Bank managing director Prasanta Kumar Halder, alias PK Halder and five of his associates on May 14.
He is wanted in Bangladesh in connection with scams worth billions of takas, according to information from the Anti-Corruption Commission.
Officials in Bangladesh on Saturday confirmed India media reports that Halder was arrested in West Bengal. The local media also reported that Halder was remanded in custody of the Enforcement Directorate of India.
The directorate raided 10 locations on Friday, saying Halder and his associates bought the properties by using fake Indian identities.
The Enforcement Directorate of India has revealed that PK Halder, has obtained Indian and Grenada passports for him.
Kolkata-based daily the Sangbad Praitidin said a court granted the directorate until Tuesday to grill Halder and four others in custody for investigation. The court also ordered it to keep in jail a woman who was arrested in the raids.
Legal action will be taken to bring Halder back to Bangladesh once India informs us of the matter, said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan.
“PK Halder is a wanted man,” he told the media at an event at the Jatiya Press Club on Sunday. “We have been looking for him through Interpol for some time.”
“He has been arrested but we haven’t been officially informed of the matter [by India]. We will follow the legal steps…”
Attorney General AM Amin Uddin on Sunday said Bangladesh will explore all possible options to bring back businessman Prasanta Kumar Halder alias PK Halder from India.
“We will explore all possible options to bring him back to the country. We can seek the help of Interpol... there is the extradition treaty also,” said Amin UddinPK Halder’s assets to be confiscated to pay back people’s money: AG.
According to the chief counsel of ACC, Khurshid Alam,“We've come to know that the Enforcement Directorate arrested PK Halder in West Bengal.”
On how authorities plan to bring PK Halder back to Bangladesh, he said, “He’ll be shown arrested under the specific law he was arrested there or he will be handed over to Bangladesh under the mutual [cooperation] deal or extradition treaty with India.” The mutual cooperation treaty was used to ask India for information on Halder.
“[PK Halder] will be produced in court when he is handed over to Bangladesh. ACC will then petition to remand him. ACC will follow the court orders,” Alam said, adding that Halder faces arrest warrants in 36 cases on charges of money laundering.