Prashant Kumar Halder (PK Halder) is a Bangladeshi-Canadian banker. He is a Bangladeshi businessman who had control over several financial firms and abused his authority by embezzling more than Taka 100 billion with the help of his associates and relatives. After hiding in India for 2 years, he was finally arrested on 14 May 2022.
PK Halder was born in the mid-90s in Matibhanga Sangha, Nazirpur, Bangladesh. His fans used to call him Moru in childhood. He studied at Dighirjan Government Primary School for his early education. He then went to Dighirjan High School for SCC. He always stood first in his class. After this he enrolled in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology for graduation. He then went to the Institute of Business Administration, Dhaka University to pursue his MBA.
Hair Color: black
Eye Colour: black
parents and siblings
He is the son of Pralab Chandra Haldar and Lilabati Haldar. His father was a tailor and his mother was a school teacher in Matibhanga Sangha, Nazirpur. He has two brothers named Piyush Haldar and Pranesh Haldar who are both businessmen and now live in India.
relationships / affairs
PK Halder had two girlfriends in Bangladesh and they were Avantika Baral and Nahida Runai. PK Halder’s aide Ujjwal Kumar gave a statement to the Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate named Atikul Islam and mentioned two girlfriends of PK Halder. he said,
PK Halder has two girlfriends Avantika Baral and Nahida Runai. He has traveled with them to Singapore and Thailand 20 to 25 times separately. There was a fierce competition between the two to get PK Halder’s company.
Apart from traveling abroad with his two girlfriends, he used to spend different time with each of them in different clubs in Dhaka.
Ujjwal Kumar Nandi also said that he and all other associates of PK Haldar used to call Avantika as Chhota Aapa and Runai as Bada Aapa. After questioning Ujjwal, the investigation team of ACC said,
PK Halder’s relationship with Runai and Avantika was like husband and wife. And Runai and Avantika’s relationship was like satin. There was also a fierce fight between the two regarding foreign travel. Once PK secretly went on a happy trip to Singapore with Avantika. When Runai came to know about this matter, many people said that PK had to be a victim of physical abuse. Apart from this, Runai attacked PK several times for his proximity to Avantika.
money laundering case
In 2008, PK Halder became the Deputy Managing Director of Industrial and Infrastructure Development Finance Company Limited. A year later, in 2009, he was appointed as the Managing Director of Reliance Finance Limited. On 3 July 2014, he established his own company P&L Hal Holding in Canada. In July 2015, he became the Managing Director of NRB Global Bank, which was later renamed as Global Islamic Bank. He was also the owner of HAL International and also served as a director of Swapan Kumar Mistry International Leasing & Financial Services Ltd., one of the directors of this company. Swapan Kumar Mistry’s wife was the chairman of Mutual Trust Bank (MTB). Ltd. Another person associated with him was Uttam Kumar Mistry who was the brother of Swapan Kumar Mistry. Atoshi Mridha, wife of Uttam Mistry, had taken a loan of about Taka 800 million from International Leasing and Financial Services Limited for a fictitious company named Kolasin. Halder’s cousin, Amitav Adhikari, was a director of People’s Leasing and Financial Services Ltd from 2015 to 2019. Around that time, Ujjal Kumar Nandy, a former associate of Halder, served as chairman of People’s Leasing and Financial Services Ltd. The two men assisted Halder in the embezzlement of Taka millions from People’s Leasing and Financial Services Ltd. Following this embezzlement, Halder became the chairman of People’s Leasing and Financial Services Ltd. The fraud was suspected in 2019 and the investigation against Halder began after several raids were made on illegal casinos in Dhaka. In 2020 Bangladesh Bank disclosed that Halder had embezzled a total of Taka 15 billion from International Leasing and Financial Services Ltd. This was followed by FAS Finance and Investments Ltd for 22 billion. The third fraud was with Peoples Leasing and Financial Services Ltd from where it stole 30 billion. Another robbed company was Reliance Finance Limited, from where it stole 25 billion taka. Following these findings, the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFI) and the Anti-Corruption Commission investigated Halder. In March 2020, he fled Bangladesh and came to India an hour before the travel ban was imposed against him. From India, he moved to Canada as he was a Canadian citizen. In December 2020, all properties of PK Halder were confiscated by the Anti-Corruption Commission of Bangladesh. Halder also owned Northern Jute Manufacturing Company Limited, Rahman Chemicals, Aziz Fiber Jute Control and Simtex Industries and his cousin Amitabh Adhikari left Bangladesh Civil Service job and joined his business. In January 2021, NI Khan, who was associated with him, was barred from leaving the country by Bangladesh.
However, this order was later set aside through appeal. 14 people linked to Halder were called by the Anti-Corruption Commission of Bangladesh to his office to investigate Halder’s money laundering case. On 5 April 2021, Abdul Aleem, owner of Cliveston Foods & Accommodation, sued Halder for a loan case to set up the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cox’s Bazar. According to Alim, Halder sought a majority stake in his company in 2014 to approve this business loan. Another close associate of Halder was Pritish Kumar Sarkar, the managing director of FAS Finance and Investment Ltd., who was prevented from leaving Bangladesh by the Bank of India. Bangladesh. The court ordered Halder to return to Bangladesh but he also disobeyed this legal order. In November 2021, Bangladesh’s Anti-Corruption Commission filed charges against Halder and people associated with him, including Pritish Kumar Halder.
PK Halder was hiding from everyone and was secretly living in India. In May 2022, PK Halder was arrested by Indian authorities from Ashoknagar in North 24 Parganas in West Bengal, India. He was living in India by falsely representing his identity as Shibshankar Haldar.
Facts / Trivia
- In his childhood, he was once physically abused[for an issue regarding his school finances].[physicallyassaultedforanissueabouthisschool’sfinances[उनकेस्कूलकेवित्तकेबारेमेंएकमुद्देकेलिएशारीरिकरूपसेप्रताड़ितकियागयाथा।[physicallyassaultedforanissueabouthisschool’sfinances
- When arrested, he was found to have an Indian, Bangladeshi passport and a Grenadian passport.
- According to the Enforcement Directorate report, a Red Corner Notice was issued against PK Halder by the International Criminal Police Organization called Interpol.