Govt. to form high level commission to probe gold smuggling incidences

Kathmandu, 23 Aug: A meeting of national political parties held today at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers has agreed to constitute a commission for investigation into gold smuggling.

Chief Whips of seven political parties have signed the agreement amid presence of Prime Minister Dahal, Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba and CPN (UML) Chair KP Sharma Oli.

The commission to be formed as per the Investigation Commission Act, 2026 BS will be tasked with also studying the studies carried out in connection with such smuggling cases and submit its report along with recommendations.

The government will form a commission this September 22, as per the agreement, to conduct an independent and fair investigation into the smuggling of goods including gold into the country that has been taking place from time to time.

The commission shall also submit to the government suggestions related to policy reforms to be made to prevent the smuggling.

As per the agreement, CIB itself shall carry out impartial investigation and bring those involved in the smuggling into the ambit of legal action and also prosecute them.

The main opposition party, CPN (UML) has been continuously obstructing the parliament taking over the issue and calling for a high-level investigation committee to probe it.

It is believed that the commission will not influence the investigation being carried out by the Nepal Police’s Central Investigation Bureau (CIB).