CIAA accused of letting off 'big shots'

KATHMANDU: Newly elected chairman of the Nepal Government Employees' Organisation (NGEO) Bholanath Pokhrel alleged the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) of implicating junior staff in corruption while letting 'big shots' off the hook. He has also accused the anti-graft body of promoting state of impunity.

"Big shots have been freely moving about even after indulging in corruption but it has been taking action against the junior staff," he said, addressing a press conference organised to make public the strategy of the newly elected working committee of the NGEO.

"Though we are not defending the petty corruption and bribe received by junior staffs, we cannot possibly keep quite about bigwigs going scot-free," he said.

Pokhrel also termed that receiving bribe from the common people is akin to cheating people. He said the organisation under his leadership would fight this.

He also added that the organisation will campaign for the rights of the trade unions of the government employees as enshrined in the constitution.

The NGEO, representing 40,000 staff members of various government offices, elected the 85-member executive committee on Monday.