Nepal | June 02, 2020

Ward chair among six booked for graft

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
Share Now:

Kathmandu, February 15

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority has filed charge-sheet against six persons, including the ward chair of Lisankhupakhar Rural Municipality-6, Sindhupalchowk, at the Special Court for their alleged involvement in corruption.

Those indicted by the anti-graft body are Kailash Thapa (ward chair), Chief Administrative Officer of the rural municipality Niranjan Pakhrin, accountant Surendra Bahadur Titaju, assistant sub-engineer Lil Bahadur Pandey and locals Babulal Joshi and Dal Bahadur Shrestha.

According to the CIAA, they had embezzled Rs 600,000 by faking the documents of Mayakhola Muhan Water Supply Project.

The charge-sheet filed against them at the court yesterday stated that Thapa posed himself as the chairperson of a water consumers’ committee at Ward 6 and disbursed the amount without carrying out any work related to water supply project.

“Thapa in collusion with others faked documents of water supply project to show various project activities and embezzled the amount,” read a press release issued by the CIAA. The budget was provided to Ward 6 to ease water supply problem facing the locals.

The bills submitted by Thapa showed purchase of pipes and other construction materials for the water supply project. “During investigation, it was found that Thapa, three officials of the rural municipality and two locals colluded to share the amount among them and faked the bills,” the release stated.

Thapa, Pakhrin, Titaju and Pandey have been charged under Section 17 of the Prevention of Corruption Act- 2002, claiming the recovery of Rs 600,000 each from them along with a fine equivalent thereto. If convicted, they will also be liable to dismissal from service. Similarly, Joshi and Shrestha, who posed as hardware suppliers, were sued in accordance with Section 8 of the act. The CIAA has sought recovery of Rs 310,000 each from the duo, in addition to a fine equivalent to the amount.

Finding of ‘Study on Corruption in Local Levels-2020’ recently published by the anti-graft body showed that corruption was endemic in local levels. Key areas of corruption included planning, administration, financial administration, revenue, civil registration, education, building permit, health, supplies management, environment and women and children.

Office-bearers of local levels, engineers/overseers and chief administrative officers were responsible for growing corruption, according to the study report.

Rudramati River clean-up campaign completes six years


A version of this article appears in print on February 16, 2020 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

People opting to sanitise homes, office spaces as COVID-19 infections keep rising everyday 

Kathmandu Handsanitisers, gloves and masks were our first shield of protection against the spread of coronavirus. And now people have started sanitising their homes and offices as a precautionary measure as infections keep increasing nationwide.   Muna Thapa had never sanitised her Read More...

Dengue

Dengue, scrub typhus infection on the rise in Gandaki Province

POKHARA: Amid the spread of coronavirus contagion across several parts of the nation, dengue and scrub typhus cases too have become a worry some health issues with their steady rise in Gandaki province of late. According to the Health Directorate of the province, 16 persons have been infected wit Read More...

Dailekh reels under scarcity of tests as people return to district in thousands

KATHMANDU: As thousands of people are returning home to Dailekh from India, the district faces a shortage of PCR tests, increasing the risk of widespread transmission of Covid-19 among the locals. Returnees from India, who are placed in various quarantine facilities in Dailekh district, are at a Read More...

25 people discharged from Bhim Hospital in Bhairahawa

BUTWAL: Twenty-five people were sent home from Bhim hospital in Bhairahawa after recovering from Covid-19, on Monday. Among those discharged are 22 men and three women, including a 4-year-old and a 10-year-old girl. Of the 25, 10 are from Gaidahawa Rural Municipality -- including three women f Read More...

Three more COVID-19 positive cases identified in Nawalpur

NAWALPUR: As many as three new cases of coronavirus infection have been reported in Nawalpur district today. Of the newly infected, two persons aged 22 and 36 are from Kawasoti-1 and 12 respectively, while the third person, aged 14, is from Binayi Tribeni Rural Municipality-3. They had recently r Read More...

India climbs to 7th biggest outbreak in world

NEW DELHI: India has registered 230 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing its total to 5,394 as the country begins its three-stage reopening on Monday. The lockdown is being eased in most places except for the containment zones now isolated due to coronavirus outbreaks. The Health Ministry sai Read More...

Two construction workers swept away by flood in Kailali

DHANGADHI: Two persons were swept away by the flooded river caused by the incessant rainfall, in Chure Rural Municipality-1 of Kailali district, on Sunday night. Police have identified the deceased as Kamal Thapa (45) and Gopal BK (24) both of Krishnapur Municipality-4 in Kanchanpur district, inf Read More...

UN forced to cut aid to Yemen, even as virus increases need

CAIRO: Aid organizations are making an urgent plea for funding to shore up their operations in war-torn Yemen, saying they have already been forced to stop some of their work even as the coronavirus rips through the country. Some 75% of UN programs in Yemen have had to shut their doors or reduce Read More...