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Suspended CIAA chair warns of undressing the corrupt leaders

By Our Reporter
karkiSuspended chief of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority Lok Man Singh Karki had warned of revealing the names of all corrupt leaders in the right time.
Karki made his intention of unmasking the face of all corrupt politicians in a lengthy statement he issued recently.
He also mentioned why the impeachment motion against him was registered in the parliament in his statement.
“The CIAA was going to initiate investigation against many important cases and more than 50 top level political leaders immediately after I returned from Canada. As this information was disclosed  before my arrival, the impeachment process against me was initiated in hastiness and was lodged in the middle of the night. This unusual act of the parliament has unmasked the real face of the politicians involved in this plot. Otherwise, why would the sovereign parliament work in such haste when I still had two and a half years to serve in the CIAA,” Karki said.
He had also recalled the opposition he faced during his appointment to the CIAA and said his primary focus has always been to establish a society free of corruption where good governance prevails and democratic values are respected.
“It is well-known that I had assumed the position of  the Chief Commissioner of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) at time of interim transition period in our country,” he said.
Karki was appointed chief of the anti-graft body during the interim government led by Khil Raj Regmi.
After a long period of silence, I thought it was necessary to bring to notice some important facts including the challenges I faced and the baseless accusations made against me, Karki said.
He has compared the CIAA with a fallen tree.  “ What is the fate of a tree giving shade during the scorching summer, if it has to be cut-down? What about a lamp overcoming darkness, if it is suddenly blown out? What about a gardener who waters many buds and blossoms a garden, if he is suddenly fired? What is the fate of the garden then? You can apparently notice that I, as the Chief Commissioner of the CIAA, have been facing the same kind of fate at present,” he  said.
“The present day allegations and conspiracies against me has clearly been influenced and guided by a group of people whose only motive is to defame and demoralize me. Despite all this, I have always tried to deliver my best in the past and  I’d like to assure that I’ll maintain my zeal and enthusiasm for the betterment of my motherland.
“I therefore, had made a strong determination to prove the faith my well-wishers had in me by demonstrating my efficacy and dedication in controlling corruption and bringing about good governance.
“Corruption is a cancerous disease and it has hardly left any area unaffected. A huge effort and true dedication is required to swipe out this evil from our society. With this apprehension, I tried to revitalize the CIAA and reinforced its activities in multiple areas of public concern. After my interventions and actions in various sectors, the public were definitely delighted and it gave me the strength and enthusiasm to devote myself for the contentment of the common people of my country. But some people were dejected with my actions. The ones who were under investigation and those who would possibly come under investigation were the ones whose fear increased as our work took pace.”
He has also questioned the legitimacy of  the Impeachment Recommendation  Committee.
“An institution or an individual under investigation cannot itself be the judge. However, in this impeachment process, a leader under the purview of  investigation is the one who has registered the impeachment proposal. Five out of eleven members in the Impeachment Recommendation Committee have been relentlessly speaking against me and it is astounding that they have already declared in the public that they would go to any extent to impeach me. From this scenario, my belief that I would get justice from the Impeachment Committee has reduced to virtually nil,” he said.
Karki had pleaded his innocence in his statement.
The accusations against me are biased, unrealistic and illusive. It has clearly been designed and influenced  by a group of people after investigation was started against some and were on the way for a few, including those receiving huge funds from I/NGOs and using it for their own benefit, those amassing huge amount of money which could not be verified, those accumulating huge amount of property abroad, trade unions, protectors of carteling and syndicate, those taking huge amount of money for making the Members of the Parliament and the Constituent Assembly, some media houses evading taxes and  practicing yellow journalism, and definitely the top level bureaucrats and politicians who were in the fear of being exposed. This impeachment proposal has been used as a weapon of revenge by those afraid that their real face of corruption would soon be exposed amongst the people. I am convinced that the truth of these conspiracies against me will be revealed in the history,” he said.

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