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CIB initiates investigation on 61 kg gold smuggling case
  Kathmandu      March 18 2024

Kathmandu, Nepal, March 18, 2024: The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police has initiated investigation on 61 kg gold smuggling case after it received the report of the High-Level Probe Commission.

The report, which was submitted earlier to the Ministry of Home Affairs on March 14, is handed over to the CIB with the mandate to initiate detail investigations against those indicated by the commission. 

It was already revealed that the probe commission has recommended the authorities concerned to take action against former Speaker and Maoist Center Vice-chairman Krishna Bahadur Mahara in connection to the gold smuggling case. 

The commission has also recommended keeping in surveillance two former inspectors general of police including Dhiraj Pratap Singh and Sarbendra Khanal for their alleged alliance with the gold smugglers. Similarly, the commission has also recommended keeping a close eye on Superintendent of Police Sanjay Singh Thapa and Deputy Superintendent of Police Rugam Bahadur Kunwar.

The government had formed the three-member commission in October 2023 under the leadership of former high court judge Dilli Raj Acharya with the mandate to investigate on the 61 kg gold smuggling case and the smuggling of gold concealed in vape.

The Department of Customs had forwarded a suspicious item for investigation to the CIB on February 12, 2023. The item was found to have contained gold concealed in 730 electric cigarettes in 73 packs and placed inside two suitcases.