19 persons booked for graft

Kathmandu, February 26

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority has filed separate charge-sheets against 19 persons at the Special Court for their alleged involvement in corruption.

The CIAA indicted nine persons, including Deputy Superintendent of Police Krishna Bahadur Kunwar, after he was found withdrawing around Rs 1.6 million from bank account of District Police Office, Humla, in unauthorised manner while he was the district police chief.

Kunwar, in collusion with office accountant and other administrative staffers faked receipt with bogus signature of police personnel to embezzle the fund under the head ‘daily and travelling allowance’. Other persons indicted for financial embezzlement are Sub-inspector Madhav Chand Thakuri, head constable- Tanka Bahadur Malla, constable Sarbaraj Khatri, accountants of District Treasury Controller Office Bhakta Bahadur Shahi and Bhawani Prasad Adhikari, auditors of the Office of Auditor General Prem Kumar Adhikari, Chhatranath Sharma Gaire and Sangita Phuyal.

They have been charged under Prevention of Corruption Act-2002.

The CIAA has filed a separate charge-sheet against five persons, including DSP Trilok Bahadur Chand, former chief of District Police Office, Humla. They had allegedly embezzled around Rs 3.1 million allocated for ration and travell allowance of police personnel by faking receipts.

Other defendants include SI Madhav Chand Thakuri, head constable Tanka Bahadur Malla, constable Sarbaraj Khatri and accountant of DTCO Bhakta Bahadur Shahi.

The anti-graft body has filed charge-sheet against Chakrapani Bhattarai, a mechanical supervisor of Nepal Electricity Authority, for submitting fake academic certificates to join the service.

The CIAA has sought punishment against him in accordance with Section 16 of the act. In yet another case, the CIAA booked Gita Adhikari, who allegedly submitted fake academic credentials to be appointed a typist in Beshishahar Municipality, Gandaki Province. Anju Ranjitkar has been charge-sheeted for submitting fake academic certificates to be appointed a dancer in Sanskritik Sansthan, Jamal.

The anti-graft body has also indicated computer officer Ram Kumar Adhikari of Bharatpur-based Inland Revenue Office, for receiving Rs 10,000 in bribe from a service-seeker.

The CIAA has filed a charge-sheet against Bal Bahadur Kathayat, chairperson of Kotdurbar Community Forest Users’ Group in Surkhet for embezzling Rs 79,000 by creating fake bills for payment of forest conservation activities.