Mike Bolsover, casino operator evading tax, barred from leaving Nepal

Image for representation: Casinos
Image for representation: Casinos

Kathmandu, January 16

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has barred Mike Bolsover, the officiating chief executive officer of the Casino Bolsover operated by SHL Management Pvt Ltd, from leaving the country.

It is said Bolsover has not paid Rs 130 million in tax he owes to the government for operating two casinos.

The ministry barred him on Minister Prem Bahadur Ale’s directive.

Bolsover was arrested at Tribhuvan International Airport at 10 pm on Saturday as he was about to leave. He was held as he was trying to escape without paying tax.

He has not paid the revenue of the two casinos he has been operating. Bolsover has been running a casino each at Shangri-La Hotel at Lazimpat in Kathmandu and at Tiger Palace in Bhairahawa with an investment of OCP Asia. He owes Rs 65 million to the government from each casino.

He was required to pay the tax within January 14 but had not done so and was trying to escape the country.

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