KATHMANDU, Jan 10: The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a case against suspended lawmaker and former state minister for physical infrastructure and transportation Sanjay Kumar Sah on charges of amassing property disproportionate to known sources of income and embezzling funds through abuse of authority.
In a charge-sheet filed at the Speical Court, the CIAA has accused Sah of amassing Rs 315,026,559.27 during his tenure in office as state minister and lawmaker.
The CIAA has asked the court to recoup the amount amassed by Sah disproportionate to his income during his tenure as state minister as well as lawmaker. Likewise, the anti-graft body has sought maximum punishment for the accused.
Sah is in judicial custody for masterminding the 2011 Jankapur bomb incident, in which five people were killed. He was also convicted by the Supreme Court for possession of illegal arms.
Similarly, the CIAA has asked the court to seize property amassed by Sah through abuse of authority as state minister and lawmaker but held in the name of his father Sadhu Sah Sudi, mother Dulari Devi Sudi, wife Rangila Devi, brother Ram Kumar Sah and employees of Sah's company-- Ram Milan Rauth Kurmi, Manoj Kumar Singh and Nilam Singh. The CIAA has named these individuals as defendants in the case.
Likewise, the CIAA has written to Nepal Rastrya Bank Department of Revenue Investigation to hold necessary investigations into Mithila Oil Store owned by Sah's father Sadhu Sah and Mithila Money Transfer owned by his brother Ram Kumar.
The CIAA in its press statement said that the oil store was found evading taxes and the money transfer was laundering money.
The CIAA has stated that the money transfer did not use banking channels while transferring money from one branch to another but only kept records in a day book.