Nepal | July 02, 2020

Govt suspends graft-accused Onta, appoints Durja Kumar Rai as the acting chief of APF

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Inspector General of the Armed Police Force (APF) Kosh Raj Onta on APF Day

Inspector General of the Armed Police Force (APF) Kosh Raj Onta speaking at a special function on the occasion of the 14th APF Day in Kathmandu, November16, 2014. Photo: APF/File

The government on Friday suspended the Inspector General of Armed Police Force, Kosh Raj Onta, on the recommendation of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA).

Although, IGP Onta had submitted the resignation on Friday, the Home  Ministry turned down his resignation.

A meeting of Cabinet held at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar took decision to this effect.

The Cabinet has appointed senior-most AIG Durja Kumar Rai as the Acting Inspector General for three months.

Onta along with three other APF officials are accused of massive corruption while procuring logistics to the APF. The CIAA had sought suspension of Onta, APF  Deputy Superintendents Suman Jung Thapa and Ram Krishna Maharjan, and APF Inspector Bin Bahadur Thapa for their alleged involvement in “massive financial irregularities and corrupt practices” in the supply of logistics through Sadajyoti Suppliers. They are accused of forging bills and documents.

Meanwhile, prior to the Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and UCPN-Maoist Pushpa Kamal Dahal had held a separate meeting in Baluwatar.

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