Gold smuggling scam will be investigated to its root: PM Dahal

Published On: July 31, 2023 03:08 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, July 31: Prime Minister and CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has asserted that the gold smuggling scandal would be taken to its final conclusion. He pledged that investigation would be conducted to the root of this scam and all the culprits would be brought to book.

The Prime Minister said this while addressing his party’s office-bearers meeting held at his official residence at Baluwatar today. He made it clear that the government is firm on taking the gold scam, corruption scandal and irregularities, to the final conclusion.

The Department of Revenue Investigation had on July 19 confiscated a large cache of gold from Sinamangal. The government is carrying out an investigation in this connection. So far 18 people have been arrested on the charge of their involvement in the gold smuggling scam.

Expressing the commitment to taking the gold scam to its conclusion, PM Dahal said the support and cooperation of all was needed for that. He stated that no stone would be left unturned to take to the final conclusion issues such as corruption, irregularities and commission which remain as impediments in the country's development.

The PM shared in the meeting that the government is steadfast in its resolve that the culprits would not be spared while the innocent would not be held, CPN (Maoist Center) secretary Dinanath Sharma said.

The party’s Deputy General Secretary Barshaman Pun called for forming a high-level committee to probe the gold smuggling scam. He said all those connected to the scam should be brought under the ambit of investigation and legal action should be taken against them. He also said that propaganda has been spread linking his name as well to this scam with the intention of derailing the campaign against corruption and irregularities that the government has launched.

Pun stressed making the government’s campaign against corruption and irregularities successful.

The Maoist Center's office-bearers' meeting is being held continuously for determining the agenda of the party's Central Committee meeting scheduled to be held from August 2. Today's meeting was convened in that connection. The party’s Chairperson Dahal will be presenting the political and organizational report in the Central Committee meeting.

Discussions were held in the meeting today on this topic as well. Similarly, preparations have been made to render the party's organizational structure more efficient by organizing the Statute Convention in the coming Mangsir (mid-November to mid-December).

Meeting proceedings would be live-streamed

According to CPN (Maoist Center) Secretary Sharma, the central committee meeting would be broadcast live. He said this is being done with the objective of directly providing a glimpse of the meeting's proceedings to the general public, party cadres and the countrymen.

He said unlike before wherein group discussions used to be held, all the central committee members would be provided time to air their views this time.

Before this, the Nepali Congress had also live-streamed its central committee meeting on social sites.


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