CIB prepares to submit probe report on Lalita Niwas land-grab scam; ex-PMs Bhattarai and Nepal not questioned

Published On: August 20, 2023 12:45 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Aug 20: The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police has prepared to submit the probe report regarding the embezzlement of Lalita Niwas land in Baluwatar to the Office of District Government Attorney today.

Although former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and Dr Baburam Bhattarai were also suspected to be involved in this case, the CIB has prepared to submit the investigation report without taking their statements.

At a time when questions were being raised about letting former Prime Ministers Nepal and Bhattarai off the hook, the Supreme Court on August 6 ordered an investigation against all those involved in taking a decision through the Council of Ministers to register Lalita Niwas land in individuals’ names and implementing that decision.

However, the CIB is going to submit the report on Sunday two days later than the deadline given by the Office of the Government Attorney, said an officer of the CIB. The District Attorney's Office had asked the CIB to submit the investigation report by Friday, August 18.

Official records had shown that the government acquired with due compensation back in 1964 land measuring 114 ropani [5.8 hectares] at Lalita Niwas, Baluwatar. Lalita Niwas actually comprised 284 ropani and it was all nationalized back then. Over the period, the land was captured by various individuals, including Rukma Shamsher Rana.


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