KATHMANDU — A special investigation committee formed to probe the 33-kilogram gold smuggling case has sealed six outlets of Bajeko Sekuwa in Kathmandu on Wednesday.
A special police team formed to look into gold smuggling raided the famous Nepali restaurant chain owned by Chetnath (Chetan) Bhandari and sealed six outlets.
There are total 10 outlets of the restaurant chain in the country. Among them, the team has sealed outlets located at Anamnagar, Sorhakhutte, Samakhushi, Battisputali, Kamalpokhari and Gairidhara, according to officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Owner of the Bajeko Sekuwa, Bhandari, who has been at large for several weeks, is said to be a relative of Chudamani Upreti aka Gorey — the main accused in the 33-kilogram gold smuggling case. Bhandari is being tried at the Morang District Court for his alleged connection with Gore.
The government had filed a case against Bhandari as a fugitive defendant in the gold racket case at the Morang District Court.
Home Ministry officials said one of the six sealed outlets is owned by Bhandari’s brother-in-law. The government, suspecting Bhandari’s involvement in the gold smuggling racket, had earlier suspended all his bank accounts and withheld properties registered under his name.
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