TI doubts govt’s anti-graft drive

Kathmandu, February 1:

The Global Corruption Report of the Transparency International (TI) that was released today raised doubts over the legality of the Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC), which was formed by the King last year to combat corruption in the country.

The SC is scheduled to decide on a case challenging the constitutionality of the commission on February 13.

Citing the delay in justice and weak check-and-balance mechanism in legal institutions of the country, the TI report also raised questions over the permanent mechanism against corruption and the initiatives taken by the government following the formation of the RCCC.

“This most recent initiative is similarly questionable, given the absence of parliament, the non-conducive atmosphere for elections, delayed justice from the courts, continuing conflict and security problems, and the deepening economic crisis,” it said.

The global anti-corruption body, however, has taken the anti-corruption of the CIAA as positive.

The report states that the public confidence has been raised on CIAA after it filed corruption cases against former IGPs Achyut Krishna Kharel, Motilal Bohara and Pradip Shumsher Rana.

The report, however, raised questions over the non-implementation of the verdicts of the Special Court on corruption cases filed by the CIAA.