Interpol today issued a red notice against Proshanta Kumar Halder, better known as PK Halder, at the request of National Central Bureau (NCB) of Bangladesh Police.
Mohiul Islam, assistant inspector general of National Central Bureau (NCB) at police headquarters (PHQ), confirmed the matter to The Daily Star.
The NCB (the Dhaka branch of Interpol) of Bangladesh police followed the proper procedure and sent the application to Interpol Headquarters along with all required documents and supporting elements, said Sohel Rana, Assistant Inspector General of Police headquarters.
A special Interpol committee reviews the application and the accompanying documents and approves the application for red notice, he said.
In addition to the publication on Interpol's central website, the red notice has been sent to Interpol branches in various countries around the world, he said, adding that this will continue for the next five years.
However, if necessary, the term is eligible for renewal in the light of the application.
PK Halder allegedly laundered over Tk 10,000 crore of four non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs) abroad.
According to Canadian media reports, Halder is now in Toronto. He is director of P&L Hal Holding Inc, a Canadian corporation.
The three other NBFIs from which PK Halder allegedly embezzled crores of taka are: International Leasing and Financial Services Limited (ILFSL), FAS Finance and Investment, and Bangladesh Industrial Finance Company.
Halder came to the limelight during the anti-casino drives in 2019. The Anti-Corruption Commission launched an investigation into the involvement of 43 people, including Halder, in the illegal casino business.
The ACC on January 8 last year filed a case against Halder on charges of illegally amassing wealth worth Tk 275 crore.