Pappu construction owners released on bail of Rs 1.75 crore each

Kathmandu, February 24

Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal lawmaker Hari Narayan Prasad Sah Rauniyar and his son Sumit, who have been indicted in a corruption case, posted a bail of Rs 1.75 crores each.

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority had  filed a corruption case at the Special Court against 12 people, including former proprietor of Pappu Construction Hari Narayan Prasad Sah Rauniyar and his son Sumit Rauniyar, who owns the company, for using substandard materials in Babai Bridge.

Hari Narayan is a member of Parliament from Parsa constituency No 3 and was elected on the Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal’s ticket.

The anti-graft body had filed case against the Rauniyars in the backdrop of allegations that Pappu Construction kept winning contracts worth billions of rupees despite failing to complete construction on time. The Rauniyars and other defendants were accused of using substandard materials in the construction of Babai bridge.

The CIAA has accused lawmaker Rauniyar and his son Sumit  each of embezzling Rs 193,225,695.

The CIAA had investigated the project after it received complaints about Pappu Construction   compromising on the quality of Babai Bridge in Jabdighat. Pappu Construction had signed a contract with the government on 6 July 2011 to construct the bridge linking Gulariya and Barbardiya municipalities.

The CIAA had stated in the charge sheet that piles of the bridge were not built as per the depth design and the bridge caved in due to cavities in the piles.