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SSP Shrestha's suspension extended



KATHMANDU: One day after the Department of Revenue received the investigation report for further legal proceedings, Senior Superintendent of Police Rabi Raj Shrestha was suspended for one more month, today.

The department said yesterday that it had collected reports along with evidences for further investigation into foreign currency money laundering.

The Ministry of Home Affairs extended his suspension upon the request of Nepal Police Headquarter, said DIG Keshav Adhikari, police spokesperson.

SSP Shrestha’s three-month suspension period expired today. He was charged with involvement in foreign currency smuggling. On October 5, undeclared foreign currency notes worth Rs 12.4 million were seized from Indian citizen Binod Kumar Soni when the latter was about to board a flight bound for Dubai.

Investigation revealed that cops at Tribhuvan International Airport helped Soni pass the foreign currencies undetected. In particular, SSP Shrestha was implicated.

Police had sought to extend the suspension order citing the need for further investigation. SSP Shrestha’s driver, constable Shobhit Karki, had helped Soni get the currencies of nine countries through the 12-tier security checkpoint. Kathmandu District Court had jailed after he failed to post a bail amount of Rs 2.41 million.

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