Bajeko Sekuwa outlets raided by probe committee in connection to gold smuggling
Kathmandu, June 13: The probe committee formed by the government to investigate into 33 kg gold scam raided six different outlets of Bajeko Sekuwa operating in various locations of the capital on Wednesday.
The probe committee headed by Ishwor Raj Paudel and his team separately raided the outlets of Bajeko Sekuwa in the alleged charge of it owner having invested in smuggling the 33 kg gold.
According to Paudel, the committee accompanied by security teams raided the outlets, including those located in Anamnagar and Battisputali, and sealed them.
Operator of Bajeko Sekuwa, Chetnath Bhandari, one of the main accused in the 33-kg gold smuggling scam, is on the run.
The raids were conducted upon the letter and permission of the District Court, Morang under Organised Crime Act-2070 B.S. Under the Act, the government had already locked all the bank accounts and property that Bhandari had amassed.
Of the total outlets, five of the outlets were registered under the name of Bhandari himself and one is registered in the name of his relative. Of them, five are in Kathmandu and one in Lalitpur districts.
Bajeko Sekuwa has opened its outlet in New York of America on April 16, 2018, as its first ever international outlets. The brand was established by Chetnath's father Dinanath Bhandari. After Chetnath returned to Nepal after completing his study, he was handling the business began by his father.
The investigation committee has claimed that the owner of Bajeko Sekuwa has been investing the money owned through illegal means in Bajeko Sekuwa for the past few years as Chuna Mani Upreti alias Gore and Bhandari were relatives.