The High Court (HC) on Wednesday directed the authorities concerned to arrest Proshanto Kumar Halder, disgraced director of International Leasing and Finance Service Ltd (ILFSL), as soon as he returns to the country.
Police Chief, Immigration authorities and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) have been asked to take measures so that Haldar can surrender properly.
The bench of Justice Muhammad Khurshid Alam Sarkar passed the order after hearing an appeal filed by PK Haldar seeking security after his return.
Attorney General AM Amin Uddin stood for the state while Advocate Mahfuzur Rahman represented the ILFSL and Advocate Md Khurshid Alam moved for the ACC.
On September 7, Halder filed an appeal seeking permission for his safe return to the country.
Halder reportedly amassed Tk 3,600 crore and laundered the money abroad while performing his duties as director at ILFSL.
Besides, on January 8, Anti-Corruption Commission also filed a case against Halder for acquiring wealth of approximately Tk 274,91,55,355 (almost Tk 275 crore) beyond any known income sources and money laundering.
In his appeal, Haldar who fled to Canada after amassing the money, said that he wanted to return for providing help to recover the amassed money of ILFSL and sought security after his return back home.
The High Court on January 22 ordered the confiscation of properties, freezing of bank accounts and passports to be seized of Halder, also former managing director of NRB Global Bank Ltd and 19 others including his mother, wife and brother.
After hearing appeals of seven investors of ILFSL, the court also imposed restrictions on them to leave the country. However, Haldar managed to flee to Canada.