Gold smuggling case: Inquiry commission to be formed after CIB concludes investigation

Gold smuggling case
The smuggled gold was melted and crafted into bricks. Photo: Aryan Dhimal

Kathmandu, August 22

The working group of the three major parties has agreed to form an inquiry commission to study the gold smuggling case after the Central Investigation Bureau concludes its investigation.

After the government was ready to form the commission, UML leader Subas Chandra Nembang, Nepali Congress leader Ramesh Ukhtar and Maoist Centre’s Hitraj Pandey were given the task of preparing the draft.

The leaders, on Tuesday, prepared a draft proposal which will be submitted to the meeting of the major parties.

“The CIB will conclude its investigations after which the commission will study the case,” said a leader who will be part of the commission on the condition of anonymity.

UML has been constructing the parliament since July 26 demanding the formation of a high-level committee to investigate the gold smuggling case.

The government had been arguing that a separate commission should not be formed as the CIB is investigating. However, in the meeting of the parties held at the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday evening, the government agreed to form an inquiry commission. The commission, however, will not obstruct the CIB’s investigation.

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