Published : Thursday, 14 January, 2021 at 11:38 PM, Update: 14.01.2021 11:43:48 PM
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has frozen Tk1,057 crore from the accounts of 62 associates of Proshanta Kumar Halder alias PK Halder on charges of being involved in a money laundering scam.
ACC Secretary Dr Md Anwar Hossain Howlader revealed the information to the media at ACC headquarters on Thursday.
The ACC secretary said the commission had found that Halder was connected with hundreds of people who allegedly helped him in money laundering.
So far the anti-graft commission has found the involvement of 62 people and frozen their bank accounts.
The commission had sought information on the money launderers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as soon as possible, said the ACC secretary.
Earlier, the ACC said it was conducting investigations against around 70 to 80 female aides of PK Halder.
On December 20, 2020, the ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan said the commission had found that large amounts of money were transferred to the bank accounts of these female aides by PK Halder.
On January 13, a Dhaka court placed Abantika Boral, a close aide of PK Halder, on a three-day remand.
According to the ACC, PK Halder embezzled Tk10,000 crore from various financial institutions. Although he wanted to return to the country once on the condition of returning the money, he did not return saying he would be arrested upon returning to the country.
On December 3, 2020, the Canadian government informed the Bangladesh government about PK Halder's Canadian holding address.
The International Criminal Police Organization, commonly known as Interpol, issued a red notice against PK Halder on Friday following a request from Bangladesh Police.
The move came after the High Court on November 19, 2020 asked the government and the ACC what steps were being taken to bring him back to Bangladesh.
On January 8, 2020, the ACC filed a case against Halder on charges of amassing about Tk275 crore beyond his known sources of income.