ANANTA RAJ LUITEL
KATHMANDU: The Department of Money Laundering Investigation today filed money laundering cases in the Special Court against five gangsters running criminal rackets across the country. DMLI has charged them with accumulating assets amounting to Rs 630 million through extortion, commission and other criminal activities. This is the first time that the state has taken action against these gangsters.
DMLI has accused Ganesh Lama, Parshuram Basnet, Chakre Milan, Deepak Manange and Abishekh Giri of accumulating property by indulging in extortion and other criminal activities. “Barring Chakre Milan, who has been serving sentence in Dillibazar jail, all others are absconding. We will issue notice to others to present themselves before the court within 15 days. If they don’t comply, we will issue arrest warrants against them,” Dhir Bahadur Chand, Registrar of the Special Court, told THT. DMLI has sought action against them as per Section 30 (2) of the Money Laundering Act, which states that money laundering convicts could face up to four years in jail and may be slapped a fine equivalent to the property they have amassed illegally.
The charge-sheet accuses Ganesh Lama of illegally accumulating Rs 270.1 million. Lama is a central committee member of the MJF (Democratic) led by Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar.
Basnet, a cadre of CPN-UML and known to be a close aide of KP Sharma Oli, has been charged with accumulating assets amounting to Rs 116.01 million.
An order has been sought to confiscate the shares, a house, vehicles and ornaments owned by him and his wife Anju Singh Basnet. Deepak Manange has been charged with accumulating property worth Rs 147.03 million illegally.
The department has sought an order to confiscate land registered in his and his wife Pasang Dolma’s name in Kathmandu and Nuwakot.
Chakre Milan has been charged with accumulating property worth Rs 78 million illegally. The department has sought an order to confiscate the property and assets in his wife Indira Gurung’s name.
Giri has been charged with accumulating property worth Rs 29.4 million illegally. He and his wife,
Anisha Giri, are accused of accumulating property without any legitimate source of income.