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HC seeks updated info of cases against PK Halder

| Updated: May 17, 2022 21:19:57


HC seeks updated info of cases against PK Halder

The High Court (HC) on Tuesday asked the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to present the updated information in the cases filed against Proshanta Kumar Halder (PK Halder) within June 12.

HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo sought the updated information while fixing a date for the hearing on a rule issued by the court about one and half years ago over the repatriation of PK Halder.

The court, however, fixed June 12 for hearing on the rule.

Khurshid Alam Khan who appeared in the hearing on behalf of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) said the HC asked the ACC verbally to inform it of the latest position of the cases against PK Halder by the period.

Earlier, an initiative was taken to hold a hearing on a rule issued by the High Court about one and half years ago over the government steps to bring back PK Halder to the country and to arrest him.

Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik, a concerned state counsel of this HC bench, attended the hearing in favour of the state.

Following a newspaper report the High Court bench headed by Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder on November 19 in 2020 issued the Suo Moto rule asking the respondents to explain in 10 days as to why they should not be directed to take proper initiatives bring back PK Halder and to arrest him.

It also asked the respondents what steps have been taken to bring back Proshanta Kumar Halder to the country and to arrest him. Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission, secretary of the home ministry and deputy commissioner of Dhaka had been asked to comply with the queries within 10 days.

Prashanta Kumar Halder was arrested along with an associate on last Saturday in West Bengal in India. He was arrested by the Indian Directorate of Enforcement, which investigates money laundering and violations of foreign exchange laws.

After his arrest Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik brought the issue to the attention of the court and prayed to hold a hearing on the rule. After hearing the petition filed by the state, the court on Tuesday fixed the date for the hearing.

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