KATHMANDU, July 20: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) received a record number of complaints against corruption in fiscal year 2075-76 which ended on July 16. According to its performance details, the anti-graft body received a total of 24,048 corruption complaints in the last fiscal year. Of the total complaints, the CIAA selected 921 complaints for detailed investigations, on the basis of the volume of corruption and the authenticity of complaints. Similarly, the CIAA settled a total of 15,611 cases while "the remaining cases were not worth investigating."
Of the total cases selected for detailed investigations, the commission was successful to file charge sheets in 351.
“We lodged more cases at the court than in the last fiscal year,” said CIAA Spokesperson Pradeep Kumar Koirala, “This is a record number of complaints that we received since the CIAA was established 29 years ago.”
In fiscal year 2074-75, a total of 19,488 cases were registered. Of them, the CIAA settled 12,400 cases.
During the last fiscal year, the CIAA caught 142 government officials on the charge of receiving bribe from service seekers. The details provided by the anti-graft body shows that most of these officials were from the home ministry, followed by General Administration and Local Development, Land Reform Management, Cooperative and Poverty Alleviation and Forest ministries.