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Silver Heritage, which operates casinos across Nepal and Vietnam, has stepped up its investigation into allegations of illegal employees at the company’s Tiger Palace Resort Bhairahawa in Nepal and has terminated an agreement with one of its local partners.

In a statement, Silver Heritage said it terminated its consultancy agreement with Rajendra Bajgain, who they describe as “one of its Nepal-based strategic partners” although Bajgain remains as a director and shareholder of the company’s incorporated subsidiary SHL Management Services.

Bajgain was named in a report from local news outlet Republica, in which the website also quoted an unnamed source as claiming that the resort employed 22 illegal workers.

Referring to local media coverage “in relation to foreign workers at [the resort]”, Silver Heritage said it is investigating and “is liaising with Nepali Authorities in relation to these reports.”

Since the initial story broke, Republica has additionally reported that 17 of the 22 foreign workers that have been allegedly working illegally in Nepal, have “secured air tickets to leave the country”.