Kathmandu, August 12
The Special Court today told Nepal Police to suspend four police officers accused of corruption till the final adjudication of their cases.
The Special Court passed this order when four members of Nepal Police — Inspector Lok Bahadur GC, Sub-inspector Damodar Bhattarai, Assistant Sub-inspector Deb Bahadur Thapa and Constable Bal Bahadur Oli filed separate petitions seeking to appoint their agent to represent them in the court on the designated dates as they had joined duty.
The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority had filed corruption cases against seven persons, including these four on July 12.
Special Spokesperson for the Special Court Pushpa Raj Panday said that the NP allowed their officers accused of corruption to continue in their jobs while other government offices suspended employees accused of corruption till the final adjudication.
A bench of judges comprising Krishna Giri, Balendra Rupakheti and Ravi Sharma Aryal passed the order saying that as per Section 17 of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority Act and Section 33 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, public post holders accused of corruption should be suspended till their cases are disposed off.
The four police officers were accused of creating fake evidence to secure acquittal of a person who was involved in a road accident that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist.
The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority had charged that a vehicle driven by Bodhraj Pandey had hit a motorbike resulting in the death of its rider Nandakali Sharma. Sharma died while undergoing treatment at a hospital.
The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority had accused GC, inspector of Gaindakot Area Police Office, of ordering his junior to indict Kishuna Mahato, a servant of Bodhraj Pandey in the accident, to secure Pandey’s acquittal.
A version of this article appears in print on August 13, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.