Money Laundering Department raids National Medical College

Published On: November 19, 2019 10:23 AM NPT By: Ritesh Tripathi

BIRGUNJ, Nov 19: The Department of Money Laundering Investigation raided National Medical College (NMC) in Birgunj Metropolitan City-15 on Sunday.

A three-member team of the department raided the college to investigate the income of the medical college, according to Narayan Prasad Bhattarai, chief district officer of Parsa.

The team raided the college at around 1pm in the afternoon. According to SP Somendra Singh Rathaur of the District Police Office (DPO), Parsa, the team raided the college for nine hours. 

“The team investigated important documents of the college during the raid,” he said.

According to a source at the college, the team from the money laundering department investigated all the documents of the college. The team also grilled the chartered accountant of the college. The department raided the college after receiving complaint that the some medical colleges have been charging additional fees to the students.

Few weeks back, the students had protested against the medical college for charging additional fees. The students also claimed that the college had hired bouncers and manhandled them for demanding refund from the college.

A source told Republica that the team is investigating the files related to the fees charged by the college.

The students claim that the college has been charging additional fees apart from the fee set by the Tribhuvan University. 

As per the existing laws, medical colleges outside the Kathmandu Valley can charge only Rs 4.2 million per student annually, but NMC has been charging the students an additional Rs 1.2 million under various headings.

Student wings of different political parties had also submitted a memorandum to Narayan Prasad Bhattarai, chief district officer (CDO) of Parsa district, stating that that they would intensify their protest if the medical college didn't return the additional fees charged to the students.

The medical students say that NMC has forced the MBBS students to pay an additional Rs 1.2 million under different headings such as library charge, sports fee, internet, CDP charge, among other things.

Last week, the government had given a 15-day ultimatum to the medical colleges to return additional fees charged to the students.

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