Graft cases filed against 11 persons

Kathmandu, November 27

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority filed a chargesheet against 11 persons, including six employees of the Office of the Company Registrar at the Special Court today.

Those facing corruption charges are OCR deputy registrars Gangadhar Paudel and Dharmaraj Rokaya, assistant registrars Narayan Prasad Pokharel and Umeshman Joshi, and computer operators Ashish Maharjan and Pushpakala Rai, while their alleged accomplices include Jeet Bahadur Magar, Rajan Prasad Lamsal, Punya Prasad Kharel, Niraj Kumar Manandhar and Prakash Bikram Mishra.

CIAA Joint Secretary and Spokesperson Rameshwor Dangal said the OCR officials were charged under Section 9 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 2002 and their accomplices were sued as per Section 22 of the same law.

The six OCR officials will be liable to a punishment of imprisonment for a term from three months to one year, and a fine from Rs 10,000 to 50,000 if convicted by the court.

The chargesheet was filed in connection with illegal ownership transfer of immovable property worth around Rs 700 million. OCR officials had allegedly transferred property ownership of Shankar Electrical Industries Pvt Ltd to someone else without the presence of Ram Niranjan Jatiya, the only shareholder and promoter of the company.

In September, the Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police had arrested forgery racketeers, including Magar, Lamsal, Kharel, Manandhar and Mishra, for trying to defraud Jatiya of property worth around Rs 700 million in collusion with OCR officials. The gang had forged government documents posing Magar as Jatiya of India, who currently resides in Chundevi of Kathmandu, for illegal property transfer and were found collecting advance money from prospective customers for the sale of lands registered in the name of that company.

The lands, which the gang was preparing to sell, are located in Baluwatar and Satungal of Kathmandu, Myagdi and Nuwakot.

Magar, who had been working as a helper in Jatiya’s house for the past 16 years, stole the documents related to his master’s company and got Lamsal and Manandhar to forge the documents.

After counterfeiting the documents, Magar posed as Jatiya and submitted an application to the OCR stating that ‘the Indian national had sold all the shares of the company to him’ with the objective of selling the lands registered in the name of the company.