Patan high court issues remand order for 8 individuals in fake Bhutanese refugee case

Kathmandu: In a significant development, the Patan High Court has issued an order for the remand in custody of eight individuals, including former minister Top Bahadur Rayamajhi, in connection with the fake Bhutanese refugee case.

The joint bench comprising Judges Janak Pandey and Prakash Kharel upheld the Kathmandu District Court’s decision to imprison Top Bahadur Rayamajhi, Indrajit Rai, Keshab Dulal, and Angtawa Sherpa.

Meanwhile, Top Bahadur Rayamajhi’s son, Sandeep Rayamajhi, who is also implicated in the fake Bhutanese refugee case, has been ordered to be released on bail by the Patan High Court. The court set the bail amount at Rs 3 million for Sandeep Rayamajhi.

In the case of Teknath Rijal, the Bhutanese refugee leader also involved in the fake Bhutanese refugee case, the High Court ordered his release on a bond of Rs 1.5 million.

The court emphasized that Rijal, being a leader of Bhutanese refugees seeking refuge in Nepal, is not in a position to escape and go elsewhere.

Rijal was arrested on May 18 and was part of a group of 16 individuals sent to prison for preliminary investigation on June 16.