Govt attorneys making responsive pleading

Published On: June 16, 2023 01:19 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, June 16: The government attorneys are making responsive pleading with the conclusion of the pleadings on behalf of the accused in a case of collecting millions of rupees by alluring Nepalis with the promise to send them to the US as fake Bhutanese refugees.

The government attorneys will today respond to the legal questions raised by the lawyers pleading on behalf of the accused and the time until 1PM has been set for this purpose, said Laxman Upadhyaya Ghimire, the District Attorney and spokesperson for the District Government Attorney Office.

Chief of the District Government Attorney Office, Joint Attorney Achyut Mani Neupane, District Attorney Ghimire, District Attorney Mahesh Prasad Khatri and Assistant District Attorney Nirmala Marasini will be making the responsive pleading at the Kathmandu District Court today.

Ghimire said that they are preparing to conclude the pleading before 1PM. It is said the court order regarding whether or not the accused should be held in custody is expected by the evening today. Generally, a court decision on whether or not the accused should be held in custody is made the day the responsive pleading by the government attorneys concludes.

The District Government Attorney Office filed cases at the District Court, Kathmandu against the accused on May 24, based on the report submitted by the police in connection to the scam.

Cases have been filed against 30 people for their involvement in the scam. They include former Home Minister Bal Krishna Khand, former Deputy Prime Minister Top Bahadur Rayamajhi, Secretary Tek Narayan Pandey, Dr Indrajit Rai who was the security advisor to the former Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa and Bhutanese refugee leader Tek Nath Rijal, among others.

They have been charged with fraud, cheating, organized crime and treason. The District Government Attorney Office has demanded imprisonment against and recovering Rs 288 million 100 thousand from the accused. Twelve accused in this case are still absconding.   



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