The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police has submitted the report it prepared after investigating the gold smuggling scam. The CIB has prepared the report, suggesting the Attorney Office to make defendants to 50 persons involved in the smuggling.
The District Attorney Office, Kathmandu has been recommended to initiate a case against the accused ones under various seven crimes. District Attorney Mahesh Prasad Khatri informed that the Office received the report along with the accused ones.
The CIB has argued that the accused ones would be subjected to the crimes as per Customs Act, Organized Crime Act, Nepal Rastra Bank Act, Criminal Code, Nepal Citizenship Act, Passport Act and the Immigration Act, according to Additional Inspector General of Nepal Police and CIB Chief Kiran Bajracharya.
Bajracharya informed the investigation divulged that those involved in the racket had smuggled more than 362 kgs of gold through seven companies. However, only sixty kgs of gold was collected in the latest round up of smugglers.
The CIB has suggested the District Attorney to sue the smugglers, claiming the recovery of Rs 3.50 billion from them.
So far, 23 Nepalis and nine foreigners were held in connection with the case, while 18 are still absconding.
On July 19, a team of Revenue Investigation Department (RID) had confiscated 60 kgs of gold from TIA Customs Office, Sinamangal. The gold brought illegally from Hong Kong was found hidden in brake shoes.
Later, the CIB was given responsibility to investigate the case.