KATHMANDU, Oct 28: The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has lodged a case against seven persons including some working in the District Land Revenue Office, Parasi on charge of selling the public land through forgery.
The case has been lodged at the Special Court on Sunday against Deepak Sunar of then Jayakhanu-3 of Gumli district, section officer of District Land Revenue, Parasi Manohar Prasad Panti, Kharidar Jiblal Bhusal and Computer Operator Azaz Khan among others.
According to CIAA Spokesperson Rameshwor Danga, the trio committed corruption worth Rs 20.86 million.
Sunar had forged the paper and sold a public land situated at then Tilakpur VDC-5, now Sarawal Rural Muncipality-1 in the district to Lumbini Gas Industry for which the employees at the District Land Revenue Office, Parasi prepared fake papers, the investigation revealed.
The investigation showed that Sunar, in cahoots with Panthi, Bhusal and Khan prepared a paper to transfer the ownership of the land to Amuk Company.
The land, according to the government evaluation book of fiscal year 2074/75 BS, is assessed Rs 500,000 per kathha. The public land was recorded as the private property owned by a person in the computer and was produced a duplicate land ownership certificate and record so as to make it look alike the original one.
The anti-graft body has claimed that the trio in the District Land Revenue Office, Parasi abused their authority and caused damages to the public property. The CIAA also registered the case against Sunar and Yadav Prasad Bhandari for their involvement in the scam.
The Commission has also registered as the case against representative of Lumbini Gas Industry, Surendra Raj Poudyal and Sudan Shrestha for their direct involvement in the issue.
Likewise, the CIAA has filed a case at the Special Court against Sub Inspector of Nepal Police Ram Bahadur Singh in possession of a duplicate academic certificate.