ED captures 6 Bangladeshi nationals in cross-line tax evasion case


The ED delivered them under the steady gaze of a court on Saturday after it led strikes against them on May 13.

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Sunday said it has arrested six Bangladeshi nationals, some of them “disguised” as Indians with fake IDs, as part of a cross-border money laundering investigation.

The arrested included the “mastermind” of the group, Proshanta Kumar Halder, accused of perpetrating a bank fraud in the neighbouring country to the tune of 10,000 crore Bangladeshi taka.

Halder, who has nom de plumes like Prashanta Halder and Shib Shankar Halder (Indian character), has an Interpol given worldwide capture warrant against him, the Enforcement Directorate said in an articulation. The ED said he held Bangladeshi and Indian international IDs and another gave by Grenada.

The other people who have been captured by the government organization, under criminal segments of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), included Swapan Maitra false name Swapan Mistry, Uttam Maitra nom de plume Uttam Mistry, Imam Hossian pseudonym Imon Halder and Amana Sultana moniker Sharmee Halder and Pranesh Kumar Halder.

The ED delivered them under the watchful eye of a court on Saturday after it led attacks against them on May 13.

The assaults were “did at 11 premises connected to Bangladeshi nationals Proshanta Kumar Halder, Pritish Kumar Halder and their partners across the territory of West Bengal.”

“Proshanta Kumar Halder was found in the hidden personality of Indian resident as Shibshankar Halder,” the ED said.

It was tracked down that Proshanta Kumar Halder alongside his partners “deceitfully” got Indian official characters, for example, apportion card from the territory of West Bengal, citizen ID card, PAN (super durable record number) and Aadhaar card, it said.

“ED has found out that these Bangladeshi nationals have likewise figured out how to drift organizations in India based on deceitfully gotten characters and have even bought properties in West Bengal,” it said.

The case, it said, is an “offense of cross-line suggestion under the counter tax evasion regulation as Proshanta Kumar Halder has been viewed as denounced in roughly 10000 crore Bangladesh taka worth bank misrepresentation in Bangladesh and claimed to have redirected cash outside Bangladesh to different nations.”

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