Nepali police authorities have apprehended Binod Poudel, a former assistant accountant at the Samarjung company, in a significant development related to the Lalita Niwas land scam. The arrest occurred on Wednesday afternoon in Gokarna, a location on the outskirts of Kathmandu.
Poudel is accused of engaging in fraudulent activities, specifically forging government documents to illicitly transfer government land ownership at Lalita Niwas to private individuals. This recent arrest brings the total number of people detained in connection with the scandal to 15, highlighting the magnitude and complexity of the case.
Previously, on June 27, the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) had arrested seven individuals linked to the scam. However, Kaladhar Deuja, Surendra Kapali, and Hupendra Mani KC were subsequently released due to a prior stay order issued in relation to another case associated with the same land scam.
Situated in Baluwatar, Lalita Niwas encompasses a vast area of approximately 300 ropanis (equivalent to around 15 hectares). The land’s proximity to the prime minister’s official residence, the Nepal Rastra Bank central office, and other residences occupied by top government officials has only added to the investigation’s significance and public interest.
Stay informed as authorities continue their efforts to uncover the truth behind the Lalita Niwas land scam, shedding light on the involvement of various individuals and organizations implicated in this far-reaching controversy.