CIAA grills three including former Chief Secy in purchase of transformers

Posted on: November 06, 2017 | views: 238

The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has summoned three former and current high ranking bureaucrats including former Chief Secretary Rajendra Kishore Chettri in connection to the procurement of electric transformers of Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA). 

The anti-graft body recorded statements of former Chief Secretary Chettri, former Secretary at the Ministry of Energy Bishwa Prakash Pandit and incumbent Secretary at the same Ministry Arjun Kumar Karki. 

The Commission said it  summoned these three men following the revelation of embezzlement of more than 30 million rupees 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 Commission has blamed that NEA mediated following the decision and tried to manipulate the situation to the benefits of those alleged in the scam.

Similarly, CIAA recorded statements of four persons for amassing wealth disproportionate to their income. 

Under the CIAA's scanner were former Inspector General of Police Upendra Kanta Aryal, Secretary of Government Gajendra Thakur, Deputy Superintendents of Police at Kathmandu Metropolitan City Dhanapati Sapkota and Rajunath Pandey.