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Kanak Dixit under CIAA investigation

By Our Reporter, The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Friday detained chairman of Sajha Yatayat Kanak Mani Dixit to probe into the charges of illegally amassing property by abusing his authority. Dixit, himself claims as a “senior” journalist and a human rights activist, though he worked as a clerk for a long time in the United Nations some decades back.
CIAA, in a press statement, has stated that it is investigating into the charges filed against the Sajha Yatayat chairman, including the allegation that he amassed property by abusing the public authority and deposited sums in domestic and foreign banks in his name and in the names of other family members, besides acquiring an apartment in the US.
CIAA said Dixit maintains two accounts in CHASE Bank of the USA with $17,208.74 and while wife Shanta operates a separate account in HSBC Bank, UK, and two personal accounts in Apple Bank, USA, with deposit $ 68,926.48 and Pound Sterling 4,126.39, respectively.
Pound Sterling 27,638.88 was deposited in the two accounts of HSBC Bank, UK, in the name of Kanak Mani and Shanta Dixit.
CIAA claimed that Dixit had not informed Nepal Rastra Bank about the transaction of $50,000 sent from HSBC London to Matrix TV Private Limited in the name of Kanak himself, his father Kamal Mani Dixit and Anju Dixit.
CIAA spokesperson claimed Dixit possess 36,000 shares of Standard Chartered UK and jointly he and his wife have 120,000 shares of HSBC UK.
Kanak’s wife Shanta owns the apartment bought on 10 November 2010, at a cost of US$435,000.
The South Asia Trust chaired by Dixit has received Rs 11,12,49,435.96 on different dates from various foreign organisations of Switzerland, the USA and the Netherlands, CIAA said.
A police team, deployed by the CIAA, had taken Dixit into custody from his private residence in Patan Dhoka, Lalitpur.
CIAA spokesperson Krishna Hari Pushkar said the police had to be mobilised to take Dixit under control after he turned down CIAA’s repeated requests, sent through letters and over the phone, to present himself before the anti-graft body.
He is also accused of selling the organisational property as his own inherited property and investing the income in other corporations.
The police team handed over a warrant to him, which mentioned that the CIAA needed to probe into complaints filed against Dixit.
The CIAA had received complaints that Dixit amassed property illegally, according to the warrant.
Dixit was kept in custody of Gaushala Police Circle, as CIAA’s detention centre is being renovated. Later, when he complained of blood-pressure and heart problem, Dixit was admitted at the Bir Hospital. He is undergoing treatment at the ICU of the Hospital.
The Appellate Court on Sunday gave permission to CIAA to keep Dixit for ten days under the CIAA custody for further investigation.
Some media persons have been trying to protect Kanak by quoting his brother Kunda Dixit, who gives only the health reports, maybe to get humanitarian sympathy. But these fellows, who continuously preached about transparency and truth in the media, should not divert from the issue. If they really believed in what they preached, they must say “Yes” or “No” to the allegations. They should not hide facts and make a shame of the whole media sector.

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