Everest Bank Fraud Case: Operation In-charge admits his involvement in the fraud during initial investigation

Published On: May 22, 2023 01:00 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, May 22: Police have started recording the statement of seven employees of Everest Bank on the charge of defrauding the amount deposited in the bank by depositors.

District Police Office, Sunsari said that the statement of Everest Bank’s Itahari branch employee Niraj Pradhan, who was arrested for defrauding Rs 105.23 million, has been taken.

Pradhan was recently working as the operation in-charge of the Gaighat branch in Udayapur. In the case of money fraud of depositors, 42-year-old manager of Itahari branch Bishwaraj Shakya, 37-year-old supervisor Dhawa Lama, 27-year-old bank junior assistants Manoj Ghimire, Devraj Sharma, Ranjit Pandit and 30-year-old teller of the bank's Itahari branch Pabitra Katuwal are currently being investigated. 

Similarly, 34-year-old Shankar Bhujel of Mithila Municipality 11 of Dhanusha and 27-year-old Ajay Khiuju of Suryabinayak Municipality 2 of Bhaktapur have been arrested, apart from the bank employees.

According to DSP Rajkumar Rai of District Police Office, Sunsari, Pradhan has admitted that he was involved in fraud in the preliminary investigation. "Seven bank employees and two other civilians were arrested. So far Niraj Pradhan has admitted his involvement in the fraud and the statement of six other suspects is ongoing," he said, "Other than those arrested have not yet been placed under suspicion."

District Police Office, Sunsari said that Pradhan has admitted his involvement while the statement of six other arrested people is still ongoing and the investigation has not been completed.

Preliminary investigation has been revealed that the amount was withdrawn by stealing the ID password of the customer's Connect IPS and making fake checks. All those arrested are being investigated under Banking Offenses and Prevention of Organized Crime Act 2070 BS.


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