HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: A meeting of the Special Committee (for supervision, integration and rehabilitation of Maoist fighters) today agreed to launch a probe into alleged misappropriation by Maoist commanders.
Representatives from the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML had demanded that a probe be launched into the alleged corruption by the commanders. “The prime minister and SC coordinator have agreed to begin the investigation into the corruption in the cantonments. We have decided that the next SC meeting will dwell on the process to this effect,” said Ishwor Pokharel, SC member from the UML.
The issue of commanders embezzling millions was also raised during the Unified CPN-Maoist’s seventh plenum in Kathmandu in July, and the party had formed an internal probe panel to look into the matter. “The money was released from the state coffers so the government needs to form an independent probe panel,” said Ram Sharan Mahat, SC member from the Nepali Congress. Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, ex-officio chair of the cross-party panel, responded positively to the NC and UML’s demand for a probe into alleged misappropriation of funds.