The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has summoned eight more people for interrogation over the embezzlement of Tk3,500 crore, from different financial institutions, by Prasanta Kumar Halder and his accomplices.
PK Halder is the former managing director of NRB Global Bank and Reliance Finance.
ACC Deputy Director Gulshan Anwar Pradhan sent separate notices to the eight people on Sunday, asking them to be present before him at the ACC's head office in Dhaka.
The commission has summoned MA Hashem, former chairman of International Leasing and Financial Services and directors of the organisation Nasim Anwar, Bashudev Banerjee and Mohammad Abul Hashem for August 23.
Three directors of the same organisation Nowsherul Islam, Anwarul Kabir and Rashedul Haque have been asked to be present before the commission on August 24. Irfan Ahmed Khan, former managing director of Bank Asia and owner of JK Trade International, has been summoned for August 26.
The commission will also interrogate nine other people this week as part of the enquiry.
They are: Swapan Kumar Mistry and Kazi Momrej Mahmud, directors at HAL International Ltd & Nutriqual Ltd; Pritish Kumar Halder and Amitav Adhikary, directors at HAL International; Susmita Saha, managing director at HAL international; Ratan Kumar Biswas, director at RB Enterprise; Ujjhal Kumar Nandi and Anita Kar, directors at Anan Chemical; and Shimu Roy, chairman at Reptiles Firm Ltd.
In the first week of August, the commission summoned PK Halder and four other businessmen to determine their involvement in the incident. They are Shaw Wallace Bangladesh Ltd's Managing Director M Nurul Alam, plus its directors Rezaur Rahman, Syeda Ruhi Gaznavi and Mizanur Rahman.
Last Thursday, the Anti-Corruption Commission froze bank accounts – with deposits of Tk3,000 crore – owned by PK Halder and his 82 accomplices.
The commission sources said they requested the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) freeze these accounts due to an ongoing enquiry into their alleged funds embezzlement and money laundering.
As per the commission's request, the BFIU froze their accounts.