PAC summons DPM Gautam over seized gold commission

Kathmandu, Dec. 26. The Legislature-Parliament’s Public Account Committee (PAC) on Friday decided to summon Ministry for Home Affairs Bam Dev Gautam to discuss the commission constroversies in an old case of gold smuggling in which 35 kg yellow metal was seized in the Capital.

The Home Minister will have to attend the PAC meeting scheduled for Wednesday and forge clarification over the commission claimed by three persons for tipping off the police about the consignment which was seized on July 10, 2013.

Police had confiscated the gold worth multi-million rupees from a container truck in Koteshwor while it was allegedly being smuggled to India from Tibet via Nepal.

Three persons–Bhim Bahadur Tamang, Padam Bahadur Tamang and Sanjay Kumar Jha–had filed a complaint at PAC, claiming though they were the real informants behind the seize the security agency had denied them the commission they are entitled to as per the existing law.

According to the trio, the security personnel involved in the raid, however, had installed some other people as informants to steal away the commission.

PAC, on December 3, had summoned Inspector General of Nepal Police Upendra Kant Aryal and other senior officials to discuss the issues related to gold smuggling and controversies on commission paid to informants.