The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police has completed its extensive investigation into the high-profile case involving the smuggling of 61 kilograms of gold from Hong Kong to Nepal. As the final stages of the investigation conclude, the CIB is poised to submit its comprehensive report, along with supporting evidence, to the District Government Attorney Office on Wednesday.
Chief of CIB and Additional Inspector General of Police, Kiran Bajracharya, confirmed that all necessary preparations for the report’s submission have been completed. The forthcoming report will detail the findings of the CIB’s investigation and will include recommendations for filing charges against the suspects involved in organized crime, gold smuggling, and related offenses.
The investigation into organized crime is subject to a 60-day timeline, which is set to expire on September 16. Given this impending deadline, it is imperative that the case is swiftly brought before the court.
Following the submission of the report, the District Government Attorney Office will have three days to review its contents before initiating legal proceedings in the district court.
To date, a total of 30 individuals remains in police custody, with one individual released on account of health issues. Those apprehended in connection with the gold smuggling operation encompass a diverse group, including customs officials, customs agents, gold traders, as well as Indian and Chinese nationals.
The gold seizure, amounting to 60 kilograms and 716 grams, was carried out by the Revenue Investigation Department on July 19. The contraband was confiscated from the Sinamangal area in the capital city, marking a significant breakthrough in the fight against illegal gold trafficking.