CIAA to implement probe manual soon

Kathmandu, February 8:

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) is all set to implement its Investigation Manual, which was prepared recently to make the investigations on corruption cases more systematic.

“The Investigation Manual will be implemented soon,” CIAA commissioner Beda Prasad Siwakoti told this daily today. “All chief district officers and regional administrators will follow the Investigation Manual while looking into corruption cases,” he added.

The constitutional anti-graft body has delegated all powers to investigate into corruption cases at the district and regional levels to the chief district officers and the regional administrators respectively.

The Investigation Manual will be implemented immediately after the CIAA anniversary on Thursday and Friday, Siwakoti said.

On the occasion of the anniversary, the CIAA has asked all concerned institutions to follow financial disciplines to help fight corruption in the country.

“Both the governmental and non-governmental institutions need to pay tax and bills of the government honestly, which would in turn help fight corruption,” CIAA chief Surya Nath Upadhyay said.

“The Investigation Manual will help indicate which case should be handled under which Act and what punishment should be sought while filing of the charge sheet,” he added.

Siwakoti, however, said that the Investigation Manual will be an secret document.

“If any court seeks the help of the manual while hearing of a case, we will produce it,” Siwakoti said. “We are hopeful that the Investigation Manual will help the investigating officers,” he added.