House suspends tainted lawmaker Lharkyal Lama

KATHMANDU: The Parliament on Friday suspended controversial lawmaker Lharkyal Lama a day after the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority filed a corruption case against him.

The anti-corruption constitutional body had filed the corruption case against the UCPN-Maoist lawmaker on Thursday.

Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar read out a notice about Lama's suspension at the end of the House meeting today.

Gharti informed that the suspension would be effective according to provisions of the CIAA Act, 1991 and the Prevention of Corruption Act, 2002 till the Court would make a final verdict on the case.

The CIAA had accused Lama of embezzling the state property worth Rs 94.47 million while assuming various positions including chairman of the Monastery Development Committee, lawmaker and state minister.

The anti-graft body had looked into the property details of Lama, a permanent resident of Helambu-6 in Sindhupalchok district, from fiscal year 2001/2 to 2015/16.

According to the CIAA, it found that his expenditure in last 15 years did not match with his earnings.