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‘I have no involvement in cooperatives cheating scam’

Rabi Lamichhane

Kathmandu, March 27: Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane has denied any involvement in the cooperative swindling scam.

Speaking in a meeting of the House of Representatives, State Affairs and Good Governance Committee today, DPM Lamichhane argued that although his name is linked to the cooperative cheating scandal, no any evidence could prove that.

“My name is allegedly linked to the cooperative swindling issue. There is nothing except my name. My signature is not there. I have not also given my thumb impression on any related document. I have also not received any letter. There is no any case against me,” he said, adding that there were no other evidences to prove his involvement in the scam. I am also not named as the defendant in the case filed in the court as well, he asserted.

Similarly, Inspector General of Nepal Police Basanta Kunwar said that although a complaint has been lodged with the police regarding the cheating of cooperatives, Deputy Prime Minister Lamichhane is not implicated in that complaint.

“There is no evidence in the complaint related to the cooperative swindling scam linking the Home Minister’s name. Although the complaint has come in his name in a symbolic way, there is no evidence,” IGP Kunwar said.

Nepali Congress lawmaker Dilendra Prasad Badoo urged the meeting to clarify the matter as the DPM’s name was linked to the cooperative swindling scam.

“A name called Rabi Lamichhane has been linked with the cooperative cheating case. This name matches with the name of our honorable Home Minister. Is it you? If yes, it calls for a fair investigation. If the investigation is to be made credible, it is better you keep yourself aloof from the post of Home Minister,” Badoo reiterated. #Nepal

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