Senior army officials including a major general face action for financial irregularities

Published On: May 30, 2020 10:55 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

Military Court passes verdict to recover Rs 5.89 million from major General Shrestha

KATHMANDU, May 30: Nine senior officials of Nepal Army (NA) including a major general, who recently tendered his resignation from the service, have faced action for their involvement in financial irregularities while serving at the Directorate of Army Aviation.  

A Summary General Military Court on Friday passed a verdict to recover the amount misappropriated along with other actions from Major General Sudheer Shrestha, who quit his job as the army's pilot in November last year after the Military Court started investigation into his alleged involvement in the financial irregularities.

The court has concluded that Major General Shrestha, in his capacity as the director general of Nepal Army's Directorate of Army Aviation, was involved in misappropriating Rs 5.89 million. The military court has passed the verdict to recover the money from Shrestha as he failed to provide any audit of the amount misappropriated and flouted the existing legal process.

The NA had formed a Court of Inquiry Board to look into the case after it was reported that some officials at the Army's Aviation Directorate were involved in illegally amassing wealth. The Board headed by a Lieutenant General had submitted its report along with recommendations on March 17. 

The military court in its verdict has directed the authorities to 'caution' them, concluding that they had failed miserably to carry out their duties in connection with the case. These departmental actions affect career prospects including timely promotion.

The military court, however, has given a clean chit to 10 other army personnel including an officer in connection with this case. Those convicted by the military court can file an application at the Special Court within 35 days. 

A press statement issued by the army's Public Relations Department said action is being taken against those involved in flouting military discipline and the army's code of conduct in order to ensure transparency and accountability within the army. Chief of Army Staff Purna Chandra Thapa has launched a massive campaign to do  away with corruption and misappropriation within the army organization right since he assumed his office.  

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