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CIAA opens file against ex-secretaries, ex-Police IGP

By Our Reporter

ciaa_copy4-534x462The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority seems to have sharpened its tooth again. The CIAA that drew criticism for not taking any action against Gopal Khadka of the Nepal Oil Corporations has activated its anti-corruption drive after Khadka’s transfer to the Ministry.

This time, the CIAA targeted the powerful people instead of wasting time in grilling the low level government staff.

In the recent past, the CIAA took statements from former Inspector General of the Nepal Police Upendra Kanta Aryal for amassing property.

The CIAA also grilled former Chief Secretary Rajendra Kishor Kshetri, former secretary Bishwa Prakash Pandit and sitting secretary Arjun Bahadur Karki on the case relating to the purchase of low quality transformers for the Nepal Electricity Authority.

Kshetri, Pandit and Karki are suspected to have their hands in purchasing the low quality transformers in the bid of making fast bucks.

The Commission summoned them following the revelation of embezzlement of more than Rs 30 million from the state coffer to buy substandard electric transformers and a consultant was hired to manipulate the case at the Special Court.

The Commission had decided to file a case against the irregularities relating to the purchase of the transformer some three years ago.

The NEA had mediated following the decision and tried to manipulate the situation to the benefits of those alleged in the scam, according to an official in CIAA.

Similarly, CIAA recorded statements of secretary Gajendra Thakur, Deputy Superintendents of Police at Kathmandu Metropolitan City Dhanapati Sapkota and Raghunath Pandey.

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