Kathmandu, December 12
The Department of Revenue Investigation (DRI) today filed a revenue leakage case against six individuals seeking fines worth Rs 3.35 million.t
The case has been registered at the Kathmandu District Court against Ranjeet Shrestha, Santa Bahadur Ojha, Santosh Rai, Niza Mudhin, Abhaya Raj Ghimire and Krishna Nanda Bhattarai on charge of attempting to legalise and sell illegally imported vehicles from India.
The group was found illegally importing Toyota Fortune vehicles and selling them using fake vehicle number plates. A month ago, the department had caught the team attempting to sell two illegally imported Toyata Fortune vehicles using fake Nepali numbers.
Among the accused, Abhaya Raj Ghimire was preparing to purchase the vehicle.
“The department has increased monitoring of such activities that directly affects the revenue of the government.
We are conducting a probe on other suspicious issues and activities which will be made public after the probe is completed,” said Dirgha Mainali, director general of the department.
The department had found these vehicles registered at the Transport Management Office in Ekantakuna. However, the registration numbers of these vehicles was not found in the record books of the transport office. Mainali also suspected that there could be other vehicles in the market that have been bought illegally by using fake vehicle registration numbers.
“We have been closely monitoring this issue,” he said.