16 including land revenue officials charged for selling land by creating fake owner

Published On: December 25, 2018 07:04 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Dec 25: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Monday filed a corruption case at the Special Court against 16 people including land revenue officials and other individuals on the charge of selling a plot of land by creating a fake owner and land ownership certificate while keeping the rightful owner in the dark.

The CIAA filed the case against chief of Chabahil branch of Land Revenue Office (LRO), Kamal Prasad Timalsina, two land revenue officials Kagendra Prasad Aryal and Ram Prasad Subedi, non-gazetted official Ranjan Kumar Kharel, typist Jamuna Kumari Shrestha and office assistant Hari Khadka for their involvement in selling the land illegally. 

The CIAA in its statement issued on Monday accused them of abusing their authority in selling the two-ropani eight-aana land (around 1424.5 square meters) in Budhanilkantha Municipality by creating a fake land owner.

The anti-corruption body has charged Chandan Krishna Kayastha also known as Raju Thapa Magar, Sanubhai aka Shrestha, Shrikrishna Baruwal, Bhupal Moktan aka Bhupal Singh Tamang, Dhruva Prasad Bhattarai, Shrikrishna Devkota and Pradeep Prasad Gautam for their involvement in selling the land illegally.

Similarly, others involved in the illegal sale of the land are director of Sundhara-based Artha Kawach Savings and Credit Cooperative Limited, Navadurga Prasad Duhungel; managing director of the same cooperative, Suresh Kumar Thapa; and teller Sanish Sapkota of Sanima Bank, Ekantakuna branch. 

“The CIAA has found that the six government employees along with 10 other persons were involved in the sale of land by creating a fake owner,” Spokesperson of CIAA Rameshwar Dangal told Republica, adding, “We have also found the involvement of a cooperative and a teller from Sanima Bank in the case.”

Spokesperson Dangal said that Artha Kawach Savings and Credit Cooperative Limited had allegedly prepared fake documents of issuing a loan of Rs 40 million for buying the land while the teller at the Ekantakuna branch of Sanima Bank, Sanish Sapkota, was found to have issued a receipt of the forged amount. 

“We have sought fines of Rs 60 million from the cooperative’s Director Navadurga Prasad Dhungel, Managing Director Suresh Kumar Thapa and Sanima Bank’s teller Sanish Sapkota each,” he said.

According to the charge-sheet filed by the anti-graft body, Raju Thapa Magar aka Chandan Krishna Kayastha had illegally sold the land by producing a land ownership certificate by replacing the original photo with his own photo.

The CIAA has slapped fines of Rs 60 million each on all 10 individuals, other than the officials from the land revenue office, involved in the scam.

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