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PK Halder to be brought back following set procedure: FM

17 May 2022

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen today said fugitive Bangladeshi businessman and former NRB Global Bank Managing Director Proshanta Kumar Halder alias PK Halder would be brought back through following set procedure that has been practiced between Bangladesh and India.
"We (Bangladesh and India) have set procedure ... we will do whatever needs to do (to put Halder behind the bar)," he told media after attending a programme in the capital.
Dr Momen said, as per the procedure, first the Indian government will let Dhaka know about the detention of Bangladesh national PK Halder in their territory.
He, however, said that the Indian authority yet to inform the foreign ministry about the detention of the Bangladeshi fugitive Businessman.
"After being informed (about the detention), we will do as per our set procedure so that we can produce him (PK Haldar) before trial," he said.
The foreign minister hoped that the procedure of bringing back the fugitive person from India would not be a challenge as currently Dhaka and New Delhi are enjoying the "golden chapter" of their bilateral relations.
Dr Momen attended the parallel session-1 on Second National Conference on SDGs Implementation Review 2022 as the chief guest at Bangabandhu International Conference Center here.
PK Halder, along with five others, was detained from Ashoknagar in West Bengal of India on Saturday morning.
India's economic intelligence agency Directorate of Enforcement (ED) carried out search operations at various residential buildings linked to Halder's associates at Ashoknagar of North 24 Parganas in West Bengal in connection with a financial fraud of multi-million Taka, diplomatic sources said.
In January, 2021, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed five cases against 33 people, including PK Halder, for allegedly laundering over Taka 350 crore of International Leasing and Financial Services Limited (ILFSL).

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