Lharkyal Lama’s remand extended for three days

Kathmandu, March 18

The Kathmandu District Administration today extended the judicial remand of lawmaker Lharkyal Lama for three more days for further investigation in connection with seizure of 14 rounds of bullets from his bank locker.

The Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu had produced him at the DAO after his initial remand period of five days was over and sought a few more days for further investigation.

Superintendent of Police Pradhyumna Karki, MPR spokesperson, confirmed that the DAO extended the remand of Lama.

Lama was arrested and handed over to the MPR by the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority on Sunday after 14 bullets were recovered from his locker at Durbar Marg-based Nepal Investment Bank Ltd during a search in connection with allegation that he amassed property disproportionate to his known sources of income.

He represents the Unified CPN-Maoist in the Parliament.

“Police can keep a suspect in custody for a period not exceeding 25 days for investigation in arms and ammunition case under Some Nepal Laws Amendment Act, 2015. But, we are likely to conclude it within a maximum of 12 days,” said SP Karki.

Meanwhile, police have also launched an all-out investigation into Lama’s dual citizenship and charges against him of cheating youths aspiring to work abroad.

A foreign employment fraud case was filed against Lama at the Department of Foreign Employment in September 2013 for allegedly swindling unemployed youths of approximately Rs 21.9 million with the promise of sending them to Macau.

The case was latter forwarded to the MPR.

A police source said one of the victims of foreign employment fraud has approached the MPR.