Outgoing CIAA commissioner questions TI index

KATHMANDU: The outgoing acting chief commissioner of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) today said he did not believe in the credibility of the Corruption Perception Index of the Transparency International.

“The credibility of TI can be

questioned since it wrongly

figured Nepal as one of the most corrupt countries,” Limbu said. “It could not point out which sector is most corrupt in this country.”

Limbu was talking to mediapersons before taking retirement today. The commissioners’ six-year term ended today, creating leadership vacuum in the CIAA. He also accused the civil society and journalists of being biased while evaluating their performance. He added the CIAA continued its anti-corruption drive even if it had only two commissioners in the past three years.

Before retirement, the commissioners delegated their power to secretary Bhagawoti Kumar Kafle in case he needed to exercise it. Stating that the anti-graft body can delegate the power to any government official, as per the CIAA Act 2002, commissioner Beda Prasad Siwakoti said the secretary can exercise the power in nee.