Money laundering: Four associates of PK Halder plead not guilty

Four associates of former managing director of NRB Global Bank Proshanta Kumar Halder today pleaded not guilty after a Dhaka court read out the charges against them in a case filed over laundering Tk 80 crore to Canada and amassing about Tk 426 crore illegally.

Proshanta Kumar Halder, widely known as PK Halder, is the prime accused in the case. PK Halder and nine others were shown “fugitives” in the charge sheet.

The four who pleaded not guilty are PK Halder’s lawyer Sukumar Mridha, daughter Anindita Mridha, his associate Abantika Baral, and cousin Shankha Bepari.

Now in jail custody, the four told the court that they were implicated in the case with an intention to harass them, and they sought justice.

Judge Mohammad Nazrul Islam of Dhaka’s Special Judge’s Court-10 took vital points of statements of 108 prosecution witnesses, including the complainant of the case, and read out the charges to the four accused.

The judge fixed August 2 for arguments from the prosecution in the case.

On September 8 last year, the same court framed charges against PK Halder and 13 others in the case.

Md Salahuddin, investigator officer of the case and also a deputy director of the ACC, on February 10 last year submitted a 56-page charge sheet to the Metropolitan Senior Special Judge’s Court of Dhaka against PK Halder and 13 others.

PK Halder was arrested in Ashoknagar, India on May 14 last year on charges of money laundering.

Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case on January 8, 2020, against PK Halder for allegedly acquiring illegal assets worth around Tk 275 crore.

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