Non-gazetted employee arrested for bribery

Published On: May 1, 2017 09:13 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KHOTANG, May 1: A first class non-gazetted employee with the District Hospital Khotang has been arrested for seeking kickbacks under the pretext of fixing a job of midwife. 

Kedarnath Khanal was arrested on Sunday for taking Rs 35,000 each from 13 applicants aspiring for the job of midwife on temporary contract status. 

Khanal was arrested from the hospital's premises by a team deputed from the District Police Office, Khotang and presented to the District Administration Office (DAO). He has confessed to taking bribe and pledged to return all the money. 

Chief District Officer (CDO), Prahlad Pokharel, said further investigation has been launched into the case. "We have understood that he is guilty," the CDO said, adding "We will advance the process of legal action after investigation." 

Nepali Congress cadres had padlocked the hospital after getting information that Khanal had taken bribe. The party had shutdown the hospital from early Sunday morning demanding action against the corrupt employee. 

The Eastern Regional Health Service Directorate, Dhankuta had issued a notice for the job of 30 midwives on temporary status three months ago. The incident came to light after none of the individuals, who had bribed Khanal, made it to the list of newly appointed midwives. 

Khanal, who has served for 30 years, was in the pipeline for getting promoted to an official's status, according to a Hospital source. Khanal has two more years before retirement. RSS 

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