CIAA probe into Koirala case to go on

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 8:

The attorneys representing the CIAA today told the Supreme Court that the corruption watchdog was carrying out an investigation against former Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, though there is a case filed by the former PM against the CIAA pending in the apex court. It may be recalled that former PM Koirala and eleven former ministers had filed a case at the Supreme Court against the CIAA’s decision to investigate into their property statements, a year ago. The case is being examined by a joint Bench comprising Chief Justice Govinda Bahadur Shrestha and justice Hari Prasad Sharma. Pleading on behalf of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), deputy attorney general Narendra Prasad Pathak told the apex court that its investigation against Koirala would continue. “The CIAA has right to investigate against any one on corruption charges as per the Anti Corruption Act,” said another joint government attorney Dinesh Hari Adhikary.

Attorney Nanda Bahadur Subedi claimed that the CIAA has right to investigate against anyone on corruption charges even after the charged person retires from his office. “Neither the investigation of CIAA is politically motivated nor it is illegal,” he argued. He also alleged Koirala and the eleven ministers of trying to cover up their illegal act in political veil.

Subedi said that the CIAA had filed corruption cases against former ministers Rabindra Nath Sharma, Govinda Raj Joshi and former secretaries Padam Prasad Acharaya, Chakra Bandhu Aryal and Joshi’s relative, Tararaj Pandey though they had filed case against the CIAA against the investigation. Subedi also informed the court that the corruption watchdog had issued clean chits to former minister Arjun Narasingh KC and a former assistant minister after completing investigation.