CIAA action against Social Science Baha raises int'l concern

Published On: October 4, 2016 07:54 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Oct 3: The Britain-Nepal Academic Council (BNAC) and more than 90 academics working in the field of social science have expressed their deep concerns over the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority's (CIAA's) action to ask the Social Welfare Council to investigate against Social Science Baha.

"The CIAA has, of course, every right to investigate whichever governmental body it chooses in its mission to prevent corruption in Nepal," stated a recent statement issued by BNAC and academics.

"We note that the CIAA has already been accused of overstepping its remit by important voices within Nepal," read the statement further.

The BNAC has also claimed that it has not experienced any misallocation or irregularities within the Baha. "Based on our substantial experience of working together with SSB, including detailed budget oversight of specific projects, we can say unequivocally that we have not experienced any misallocation or 'irregularities'. We have full confidence in the high standards of account-keeping of the SSB," stated the BNAC.

Among the eminent academics to extend solidarity with BNAC position are Professor David Gellner at University of Oxford, Professor Surya Subedi at University of Leeds, Professor Lionel Caplan at South Asian Anthropology.

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