Case filed against six, including chiefs of health, road offices

Pokhara, August 30

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority filed corruption cases against six people, including chiefs of road and health offices, at the Special Court, in Kathmandu, today.

The anti-graft body filed a corruption case against Hari Kumar Pokhrel, chief of Road Division Office, Pokhara and engineer Pabitramani Acharya, who were arrested with bribe money, at the Special Court today. A case has also been filed against Contractor Company Rishi Gautam in the same incident, said the CIAA Spokesperson Pradip Kumar Koirala.

GSR Construction Company was awarded contract to upgrade Bindhyabasini-Harichowk road section under Division Road Office, Pokhara.

The anti-graft body claimed Office Chief Pokhrel and engineer Acharya had taken seven lakh rupees from the contractor company. Police had arrested two office assistants from Pokhrel’s official residence along with Pokhrel and Acharya.

Contractor Gautam was nabbed from his home. All of them were held on August 8. The CIAA has sought Rupees seven lakh from three persons against which the corruption case has been filed.

Two office assistants were found clean in the corruption. As they had assisted the anti-graft body in its investigation, they have been made eyewitnesses in the case.

The CIAA filed another corruption against Prasad Acharya, acting chief at District Health Office Myagdi, storekeeper Raghunath Regmi and accountant Harishankar Sharma at the Special Court today. A CIAA team deployed from Pokhara had arrested them from Myagdi on July 28. The anti-graft team recovered Rs 130,000 from their possession. Bhagadatta Jaishi, a driver of DHO was not implicated in the case as he had assisted the team in its investigation process.