UML's Nepal, Pandey accuse CIAA of exceeding limits

CHITWAN: Former prime minister and CPN-UML senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal accused the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority of trying to operate politically.

Speaking with journalists in Bharatpur of Chitwan today, the senior leader said the constitutional anti-corruption body was involved in tarnishing images of various persons who were not involved in any corruption case.

"It is too much," the former prime minister said, referring to reports that the Commission recently summoned 29 persons for statements including some UML central leaders.

He was of the view that the Commission failed to identify people who were actually involved in misappropriation of funds.

Speaking at the same function, UML Standing Committee member and former finance minister Surendra Pandey said the Commission summoned him over "personal revenge."

"Last year, we had invited him (the Commission Chief Lokman Singh Karki) to the Finance Committee (of the Parliament) and he had walked out after a squabble," the lawmaker said, "Perhaps he wants to settle that."

He accused the Commission of misusing its authority and exceeding its limits.

Pandey maintained that he has not embezzled a single penny from the state.

The UML leader also informed that the whole party would collectively cope with the charges