CIAA implicates relatives of corruption-accused official
December 15, 2019 07:44 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, Dec 15: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a corruption case against relatives of a government official after the anti-graft body found out the official allegedly deposited illegally amassed properties in their names in a bid to avoid possible action from anti-corruption agencies.
The anti-graft body on Friday said corruption-accused under secretary Krishna Bahadur Basnet amassed millions of rupees illegally by abusing his authority and the black money was deposited in the bank accounts of his brother-in-law, Nabin Kumar Gauli, and other relatives.
Gauli’s wife Sabita Gauli and the accused Basnet’s wife Shakuntala have also been dragged to the Special Court in corruption case.
Krishna Basnet, who has been recently working as the chief customs officer at Tatopani Customs Office, has been accused of accumulating Rs 10 5.6 million during his stay in various government offices.
An investigation carried out by the anti-graft body found that Basnet used to waive taxes to businessmen and ask them to deposit money in return in bank accounts of his brother-in-law. The same bribe money was invested in hotel, shares and land. The bribe money was also deposited in bank accounts of other staffers and his sister-in-law and wife, according to the CIAA’s charge sheet.
The anti-graft body has sought Rs 105.6 million from accused Basnet and Rs 92.1 million from his brother-in-law Nabin Kumar Gauli. Likewise, the anti-graft body has demanded to recover properties of Basnet’s sister-in-law Shakuntala, his son Shulabh and his wife Sabita.