Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Narayan Kaji Shrestha has said all those accused and suspected in the fake Bhutanese refugee scam will be investigated.
Receiving a memorandum from a delegation of the CPN-UML-aligned Youth Association Nepal today, the Deputy Prime Minister said that Nepali people are ashamed of the scam.
“The scam has posed a challenge to a journey towards good governance, the precondition for prosperity,” he said, adding that he has directed the Nepal Police to carry out and conclude investigations into the scam, unaffected by possible political pressure and unwanted influence.
Thirty people, including the former Home Minister, now face charges of crime against the state over their alleged roles in the scam. The case was registered by the Nepal Police on Wednesday.
“A journey towards prosperity will remain obstructed until a nexus of corruption and commission is dismantled,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
According to him, the government and police mechanism is clear about its stance against the scam and they are dealing with the matter with the determination to conclude it impartially and in a substantive way. “We want each guilty in the case to be prosecuted and no innocent be blamed for it.”
The Deputy Prime Minister ruled out the possibility of the protection of probable offenders on the basis of any political connection or nepotism and said that the police would bring those suspected in the case into investigation once it found evidence to suggest their involvements.
Association Acting Chair Amit Lama demanded a fair investigation into the scam, urging the government not to divert the issue under any circumstances.