The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has found "70-80 girlfriends" of Prashanta Kumar Halder alias PK Halder, the alleged mastermind behind one of the biggest financial scams in the nation's history.
Crores of taka have been transacted and laundered by the accounts of his girlfriends, ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan said while responding to a query from the press on Sunday.
PK Halder, former director of International Leasing and Finance Service Limited (ILFSL), fled the country after allegedly embezzling and laundering Tk11,000 crore. The ACC said it would launch an investigation into the "girlfriends" of PK Halder and their "accounts", and they will be accused if the charges are found to be true.
ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam said they will update the High Court regarding this on the next hearing date.
Asked who are on the list of the "girlfriends", the ACC lawyer said, "I don't want to reveal anyone's name at this moment because we will initiate an investigation against them."
He said an arrest warrant has already been sent to Interpol through the home ministry to apprehend PK Halder. Earlier, PK Halder did not return to the country, even though news had broken out that he wanted to return home.
PK Halder went into hiding after allegedly embezzling a huge amount of money from various financial institutions.
Even though he wanted to return to the country once on the condition of returning the money, he did not return saying he is ill after the High Court ordered for his arrest.
Sources say he is living a lavish life in Begum Para, Canada.
According to an ongoing ACC investigation, he has embezzled at least Tk11,000 crore from different organisations and financial institutions. According to ACC sources, the amount of embezzled money may increase as the investigation progresses.
Among the institutions, he and his accomplices misappropriated around Tk3,500 crore from ILFSL, Tk2,200 crore from FAS Finance, Tk2,500 crore from Reliance Finance, and around Tk3,000 crore from People's Leasing.
PK Halder has also siphoned off Tk1,000 crore to Canada, Singapore and India, the ACC investigation revealed.