Nepal | March 31, 2020

Case against 6 KMC officials for tent purchase irregularity

Rastriya Samachar Samiti

KATHMANDU:The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) filed a case at the Special Court against six persons including the then executive chief of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Office on the charge of indulging in corruption while purchasing tents for the survivors of last year’s earthquake.

The lawsuit was filed on Friday.

The then KMC Chief and Joint Secretary Purna Bhakta Tandukar (who is presently posted at the Public Procurement Monitoring Office), the then Department Chief Shant Raj Pokhrel, Finance Department Chief Buddha Ratna Manandhar, Administration Chief Akhat Bahadur Saud, proprietor of Kshitiz Enterprises Nanda Raj Pokhrel and New Chaudhary Traders proprietor Sundarlal Chaudhary.

The CIAA has sought the recovery of Rs 2.4 million as fine each from Tandukar, Manandhar and Saud.

Similarly, from Kshitiz Enterprises owner Pokhrel and New Traders owner Chaudhary who had been awarded the contract of supplying tents to the Office, the Commission demanded Rs 291,323 and Rs 2.11 million respectively, according to CIAA Spokesperson Krishnahari Pushkar.

They have been accused of taking benefits illegally in the post-earthquake relief efforts, the CIAA said.

It demanded maximum punishments as per the law against the accused.

It may be noted that the Public Account Committee of the Legislature-Parliament has already directed the authorities concerned to take action against those found guilty in the tent purchase irregularities in the aftermath of the major earthquake that hit the country on April 25 last year.

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