Nepal Legislator Kept Bullet In Bank Locker, Arrested

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Kathmandu: A lawmaker of the Nepal’s ruling UCPN-Maoist party has been arrested after bullets were found from his bank locker, police said.

Lharkyal Lama was arrested on Sunday and sent to five day judicial custody after 14 rounds of bullets were found from his bank locker during a raid conducted by the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA).

Former minister of state Lama was produced again before the District Administration Office today seeking extension of his remand as investigation was still underway, said Senior Superintendent of Police Bikram Singh Thapa, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu.

Lama’s remand was today extended by three more days, Mr Thapa said.

The bullets were found from his locker in Durbarmarga- based Nepal Investment Bank locker, according to the police.

The CIAA had been investigating into a money laundering case against Lama, who was forced to resign from the then Jhala Nath Khanal-led government in 2011 following allegations that he held Indian passport and Tibetan refugee card besides Nepalese citizenship certificates in two different names.

The CIAA, the anti-graft body, had handed over Lama to the Metropolitan Police Circle, Durbarmarga for investigation.

PTI