Probe committee raids Bajeko Sekuwa outlets
By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, June 14:
The probe committee formed by the government to investigate into 33 kg gold scam raided six different outlets of Bajeko Sekuwa operating at various locations of the capital on Wednesday.
The probe committee, headed by Ishwor Raj Paudel, and his team raided the outlets of Bajeko Sekuwa on the alleged charge that the owner had invested in smuggling the 33 kilos of gold.
According to Paudel, the committee accompanied by security teams raided the outlets, including those located at 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 the 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
were registered in the name of Bhandari himself while one is registered in the name of his relative. Of them, five are in Kathmandu and one in Lalitpur district.
Bajeko Sekuwa opened an outlet in New York of America on April 16, 2018 as its first ever international outlet. The brand was established by Chetnath’s father Dinanath Bhandari.
After Chetnath returned to Nepal on completing his studies, he was handling the business begun by his father.
The investigation committee claims 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 are relatives.