Court acquits Ram Shrestha of VLN Nepal in swindle case

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KATHMANDU, July 13: The District Court of Kathmandu has acquitted the operator of Malaysia VLN Nepal Ram Shrestha on the charge of overcharging Nepali for visa processing.

The single bench of Judge Medini Prasad Poudel while giving the verdict on the case filed by the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Welfare, decided to acquit Shrestha citing lack of evidence against the defendant. A case was filed against Shrestha on June 11, 2018, accusing him of overcharging foreign job seeker for visa processing. Lalitpur District Court had already acquitted Shrestha on December 12, 2018, in a similar kind of case.

Receiving permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affair, VLN was operating the visa processing for Malaysia. Though Labor Ministry unilaterally scrapped the process for Nepali job seeker to Malaysia on May 16, 2018, Malaysia has already granted permission to VLN for visa processing.

With the defeat in the cases one after another, some stakeholders have taken as a safe landing for Minister Gokarna Bista. They see the verdict as the resume of employment in Malaysia which was scrapped by the government as they claim Malaysia as a safe destination for Nepali job seeker.

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