Fake Bhutanese refugee scam: Five criminal cases filed against 30 people

Published On: May 25, 2023 08:30 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

Police demand to freeze the assets and passports of all the defendants including Top Bahadur Rayamajhi and Balkrishna Khand.

KATHMANDU, May 25: The government attorneys have filed five criminal cases against 30 people involved in the fake Bhutanese refugee scam.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Government Attorneys’ Office filed a charge sheet against 30 defendants at the Kathmandu District Court.

According to sources at the Government Attorneys’ Office, action has been sought against them for their alleged involvement in fraud, document forgery, organized crime and treason in connection with a fake Bhutanese refugee scam.

The public prosecutor's office has demanded to freeze the assets and passports of 30 defendants who have been indicted in the case of fake refugees.

The public prosecutor’s office has requested the court to seize the property of the defendants in accordance with subsection (2) of section 15 of the Prevention of Organized Crime Act, 2070 BS and the passport to be withheld in accordance with section 17, it is mentioned in the charge sheet.

The District Public Prosecutor's Office Kathmandu has registered the case against 30 people seeking to recover Rs 288.1 million from them.

Sixteen out of the 30 people involved in the case have been arrested by the police while 14 others are absconding. Those arrested include UML leader Top Bahadur Rayamajhi, Nepali Congress leader Bal Krishna Khand, former speaker Ang Tawa Sherpa, and former home secretary Tek Narayan Pandey to name a few.

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