Deja Vu former chair arrested for fraud

Kathmandu, July 30

Nepal Police have arrested Manoj Shrestha, former chairman of Durbar Marg-based Club Deju Vu.

Interpol had issued a diffusion notice against Shrestha on banking fraud charges on February 4 Shrestha was arrested from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, while he was returning from Hong Kong.

A diffusion notice is an international alert requested by National Central Bureau of the interpol member country to put the person specified under surveillance. Unlike red notice, the diffusion notice does not allow any interpol country to arrest the accused, but it can provide information of such person when required.

Shrestha, on December 2017, had swindled money from hundreds of people by promising to organise a party by inviting American DJ Marshmello in his club, which never took place.

Police had started search for Shrestha after his work-partner Biswo Ram Shrestha filed an FIR against him. According to Deputy Superintendent of Police at Metropolitan Police Range, Teku, Hobindra Bogati, Shrestha’s partner had accused Shrestha and three others of swindling Rs 20 million from him. Biswo Ram had lent money to Shrestha to renovate the club. But he didn’t return it as promised. When asked to return the money, he handed over a fake cheque and fled to Hong Kong.

Two days before Shrestha left the country, the District Court Kathmandu had issued an arrest warrant against him. Later, on December 28 last year, Biswo Ram had filed a case against Shrestha requesting the police to repatriate Shrestha stating that he was hiding in Hong Kong.