According to the ACC, Shubhra embezzled Tk87.60 crore taken as loans from ILFSL in collaboration with PK Halder
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested Shubhra Rani Ghosh, an associate of Prashanta Kumar Halder alias PK Halder, on charges of assisting the latter in money laundering and embezzlement.
Shubhra Rani, director of Wakama International Limited, was apprehended at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Monday morning.
An immigration official at the airport told Dhaka Tribune that Shubhra landed at Dhaka from New York on a flight of Qatar Airways around 2am.
"Upon her arrival, the immigration database system detected her as one of the top listed suspects, as per information provided by the ACC. Later, we informed the commission about the matter," he said.
Shubhra remained in the custody of immigration police before being handed over to the commission, the official added.
A team led by ACC Deputy Director Gulshan Anwar Pradhan arrested Shubhra at the airport in the morning, said ACC Director (Media) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.
She was brought to the commission headquarters at Segunbagicha for interrogation, he added.
According to the anti-graft watchdog, Shubhra embezzled Tk87.60 crore taken as loans from International Leasing and Financial Services Limited (ILFSL) in collaboration with PK Halder.
PK Halder scam
PK Halder, former managing director of NRB Global Bank and Reliance Finance Limited, is currently in Canada, where he is believed to have laundered more than Tk10,000 crore.
The latest arrest was made four days after the ACC on March 18 filed five new cases against PK Halder and 36 other people and five fake companies, including Wakama International Limited, for allegedly embezzling about Tk434 crore.
On March 16, the Anti-Corruption Commission apprehended Halder's three associates -- ILFSL former acting managing director Syed Abed Hasan, its vice president Nahida Runai and senior manager Rafsan Riyad Chowdhury.
Earlier on January 25, the commission filed five cases against PK Halder and 32 others for siphoning Tk351 crore off the ILFSL.
On January 8, 2020, the ACC filed a case against Halder on charges of amassing about Tk275 crore beyond his known sources of income.
He is accused of embezzling Tk1,500 crore from the ILFSL. Halder has allegedly embezzled Tk3,500 crore from different financial institutions.
On December 3, 2020, the Canadian government informed the Bangladesh government about Halder's Canadian holding address.
The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) issued a red notice against PK Halder on January 8 this year, 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 Halder back to Bangladesh.
On January 14 this year, the ACC froze Tk1,057 crore from the accounts of 62 associates of Halder on charges of their involvement in his money laundering scams.
During a hearing in March this year, the High Court said the ACC had made it easy for PK Halder to flee abroad by sending out a notice regarding a ban on travel for him to immigration police 13 hours behind schedule.
He fled the country through Benapole land port on October 23, 2019.