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ACC interrogates 2 over ILFSL scam

  • Published at 11:44 am August 19th, 2020
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File photo of the Anti Corruption Commission headquarters in Dhaka Courtesy: Sazzad Hossain

Another Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) investigation also made a similar discovery

The Anti-Corruption Commission has interrogated Shimu Roy, chairman of Reptiles Farm Limited and Ratan Kumar Biswas, director of Arab International over the Tk3,000 crore scam by PK Haldar and his associates. 

Prashanta Kumar Halder, also known as PK Halder, is the former managing director of NRB Global Bank and Reliance Finance Limited.

ACC Deputy Director Gulshan Anwar quizzed the two at their headquarters in Dhaka on Wednesday.

According to ACC, PK Haldar has embezzled Tk3,000 crore from International Leasing and Financial Services Limited (ILFSL) in the name of several reputed companies. 

ACC, as a part of their investigation, is summoning the chairmen, MDs, and directors of the companies in whose name the loans were taken.

Following which Shimu Roy and Ratan Kumar Biswas have been interrogated.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, four others including Kazi Mumrez Mahmud, a director of Hal International Limited, were interrogated over the matter.

The former chairman of ILFSL MA Hashem, and its directors, Nasim Anwar, Basudeb Banerjee, and Mohammad Abul Hashem were summoned by the ACC for questioning on August 23.

ACC has summoned three other directors of ILFSL -- Nowsherul Islam, Anwarul Kabir, and Rashedul Haque for interrogation on August 24.

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Meanwhile, Irfan Ahmed Khan, former managing director of Bank Asia and owner of JK Trade International are expected to appear at the headquarters of the anti-graft body on August 26.

As per a Bangladesh Bank special investigation, Tk1,596.14 crore was transferred from ILFSL between 2015 and 2019 as loans, in violation of company rules and regulations, through 48 accounts of various companies and firms where a number of the NBFI’s directors and shareholders have stakes.

Another Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) investigation also made a similar discovery. 

Its report said the company’s board of directors, chief executive, executive committee, audit committee, risk management department, and internal control department were jointly responsible for these irregularities.

Fraudulent businessman PK Haldar -- who controlled the company’s majority shares after buying them under the names of different individuals, including his family members, was directly involved in this embezzlement, according to the central bank probe report.

He had also taken control of several similar NBFIs alongside ILFSL several years ago.

Media reports say that he is now in Canada, after managing to embezzle about Tk3,500 crore from these companies and fleeing the country. 

Of the loans, the central bank report said, ILFSL had approved Tk281 crore alone, by violating rules, to firms/companies where its directors Bashudeb Banerjee and Nowsherul Islam have stakes.

It added that the companies and firms that received such loans include P and L Ltd, Nutrical Ltd, Drinan Apparels Ltd, Anan Chemical Industries Ltd, Sukhada Properties Ltd, Okayama Ltd, G and G Enterprise Ltd, Reptiles Farm Ltd, MTB Marine Ltd, and MST Pharma and Healthcare Ltd.

Most of these companies, some of which are also fake, were owned by PK Halder.

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