KATHMANDU, July 9: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a corruption case against three persons including a “master’s degree gold medalist of economics” Surendra Prasad Koirala and Tribhuvan University officials on the charge of mark sheet forgery.
An investigation carried out by the anti-graft body found that Koirala had paid a bribe of Rs 150,000 to Ram Bahadur Karmacharya, an official at the confidential department under the Office of the Controller of Examinations, to add 3 to 50 marks in 15 subjects of three different degree programs -- economics, rural development and sociology. As a result, Koirala managed to secure gold medal in economics.
Koirala, who had already acquired two master’s degrees in rural development and sociology by bribing Karmacharya had paid additional bribe to secure economics gold medal.
Koirala teaches at Dudhpati-based Bhaktapur Multiple Campus.
After securing gold medal in economics, Koirala had also worked as a middleman on behalf of one Kedar Bhattarai to increase 10 marks in five master’s degree economics program to secure him first division marks. Bhattarai, who works at Koteshwar Multiple Campus as an officer, had provided Rs 300,000 to Karmacharya through Koirala for securing first division marks.
The anti-graft body has filed corruption case against Karmacharya, Koirala and Bhattarai on charge of offering bribe and receiving bribe going against ethics set by the university.
Those paying bribe, receiving and abetting bribe all are offenders and are subject to legal action as per the anti-corruption law.