Graft cases filed against teacher, former VDC secy

Kathmandu, February 25

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority today filed graft cases against two persons at the Special Court.

According to the CIAA, Balmiki Gupta, a teacher of Shree Baisidevi Primary School at Palhinandan Rural Municipality in Nawalparasi district, had joined the service by submitting a forged teaching licence. He was found to have tampered with an expired teaching licence for the purpose of getting job in the school and enjoying government facilities.

Joint Secretary Rameshwor Dangal, CIAA spokesperson, said he was charged under Section 11 and Section 16 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

As per Section 11 of the act, whoever, either a public servant or any other person, makes changes in documents belonging to a government or public institution without authority or in an illegal manner, shall be liable to a punishment of imprisonment for a term from three months to two years and a fine not exceeding Rs 50,000.

Similarly, Section 16 states that whoever, with the intention of securing a position of public servant or getting any benefit or facility, submits false details or documents shall be liable to imprisonment for a term from six months to one year and a fine ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000, depending on the degree of the offence.

Likewise, Krishna Bahadur Dahal, secretary of then Khoksar Prabaha Village Development Committee in Saptari was charge-sheeted for embezzling tens of thousands of rupees while in office. The CIAA said he had misappropriated Rs 5 lakh allocated by the government. Now, he was working as a non-gazetted first class office in Saptari District Prison.

With the filing of the corruption charge, he has been suspended from the post.

The CIAA said Dahal had been charged under Section 12 of the act.