The CIAA has failed us

September 15, 2020 18:40 pm

This is the question people ask when the country’s anti-corruption watchdog fails on its duty to control corruption. They ask this when they see that the highest anti-graft body is being selective in its prosecution, sparing those with nexus to power centers, and witch-hunting those with minor cases of bribery. This is the question people ask when the corruption cases peak and yet the proven and suspected corrupt walk freely, when their corruption related deeds are not even investigated. We ask this question in this space with the hope and expectation that the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) lives up to its mandate, and that it emerges active and strong to combat corruption which is rampant from the center to the periphery.

KATHMANDU, Sept 15: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a graft case at the Special Court against former vice chancellor of BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS), Balbhadra Prasad Das, on the charge of amassing property worth Rs 77.19 million illegally.

KATHMANDU, Sept 15: The decision of the Chief Commissioner of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), Nabin Kumar Ghimire, to give a clean chit to those involved in the multi-billion rupees scam involving the procurement of land for Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) despite adequate evidence has brought the anti-graft body under serious public scrutiny.

KATHMANDU, Aug 20: In an attempt to give a way out for the long standing controversy of the dedicated feeder charge, the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has directed the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation to charge the industries with the premium fee only on the basis of the Time of Day (ToD) metering.

KATHMANDU, Aug 12: Chief Commissioner of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) Nabin Ghimire has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

KATHMANDU, Aug 10: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Sunday apprehended a government employee on the charge of receiving over Rs 1 million in bribes.

KATHMANDU, Aug 4: As many as 15 staffers at the Naxal-based Commission for the Investigation of the Abuse of Authority headquarters have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

KATHMANDU, June 28: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), expressing its concern over the possible financial misappropriation at the Agro Enterprise Center (AEC) under the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) has asked the federation to provide details of the projects run by the AEC.

KATHMANDU, July 27: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has said that it should be allowed to probe into the corruption cases of the private sector.

KATHMANDU, July 22: Activists affiliated to the Enough is Enough Campaign have registered a complaint against Minister for Health and Population Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal at the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), for allegedly embezzling state funds while procuring medical equipment amid the government’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, June 25: The government has backed out of the plan to push ahead with the passage of the bill to amend the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority Act, 1991, following widespread backlash from the private sector over the proposed provisions to bring private businesses under the jurisdiction of the apex constitutional body to combat corruption.

KATHMANDU, June 20: The government-enforced barring of land fragmentation has not helped control the divisions of cultivable land, rather it has contributed to the corruption in the sector, said the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA).

KATHMANDU, June 7: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse and Authority (CIAA) on Monday filed a corruption case against 17 individuals including four former chiefs of the Transport Management Office, Koshi, for their alleged involvement in embezzling the revenue collected by the transportation office.

KATHMANDU, April 17: Although the government had decided to blacklist the Omni Business Corporate International Private Limited, officials have been dilly-dallying to implement the decision amid alleged pressure from “people” at the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM).

KATHMANDU, April 12: The Transparency International Nepal has urged the government and Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority to investigate alleged irregularities in the medical equipment procurement.

KATHMANDU, April 1: Leader of Bibeksheel Nepali Dal and Bagmati Province Assembly member Ramesh Paudyal has filed a case against the Minister for Health and Population Bhanubhakta Dhakal at the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority.

KATHMANDU, Feb 25: An annual report of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has been presented in the House of Representatives (HoR).

KATHMANDU, Feb 15: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said action was forwarded on the Lalita Niwas scam based on the report of the probe committee.

KATHMANDU, Feb 14: The Supreme Court (SC) has issued an order to the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) demanding reasons in writing for not filing a charge-sheet against former Prime Ministers Madhav Kumar Nepal and Dr Baburam Bhattarai in the Lalita Niwas land procurement scam.

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has arrested assistant forest officer Krishna Bahadur Devkota and peon Pramod Kumar Teli of Division Forest Office in Nawalparasi while taking a bribe of Rs 200,000 from the service seekers.

NC to lift house obstruction from today

February 11, 2020 07:10 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 11: After obstructing three consecutive meetings of the House of Representatives, the main opposition party Nepali Congress (NC) has decided to end the obstruction of parliament from Tuesday.

CHITWAN, Feb 9: Nepali Congress leader Ramchandra Poudel has accused the government of deviating from the principle of equality.

Ensure fair trial

February 9, 2020 10:35 am

In what could be called a major operation in more than a decade, Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) filed a charge-sheet against 175 individuals at the Special Court on Wednesday in connection with their involvement in illegally registering Lalita Niwas land in the names of various individuals.

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: The main opposition Nepali Congress on Thursday accused the Commission for Investigation and Abuse of Authority (CIAA) of coming under the undue influence of both the ruling Nepal Communist Party and entire state machinery.

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: Lawmakers at the National Assembly, the Upper House of Federal Parliament, have thanked the government stating that the Prime Minister's commitment not to indulge in corruption and not to tolerate corruption was translated into action after latest move of the CIAA.

KATHMANDU, Feb 5: After months-long investigations, the Commission for Investigations and Abuse of Authority on Wednesday registered charge sheets at the Special Court against 175 persons including three former ministers and six senior government officials.

KATHMANDU, Feb 3: The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Monday filed five separate charge sheets against Khagendra Prasad Rijal, the then chief district officer of Dolakha.

Lawmakers demand CIAA's transparency

February 2, 2020 14:12 pm

KATHMANDU, Feb 2: A discussion in principle was held on the proposal seeking consideration on the 3rd amendment bill on Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) which was presented by Minister for Health and Population, Bhanubhakta Dhakal, on behalf of the Prime Minister at National Assembly meeting today.

KATHMANDU, Jan 30: The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Thursday filed a charge-sheet at the Special Court against Rajendra Basnet, a suspended office assistant at the Land Revenue Office at Chabahil, for amassing assets worth Rs 89.85 million illegally.

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority on Tuesday filed a corruption case against the chief administrator of Guthi Corporation Narayan Chaudhary and deputy administrator Jaya Prasad Regmi on the charge of corruption.

SURKHET, Jan 24: The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Friday caught the chairperson of Junichande rural municipality in Jajarkot district Krishna Bahadur KC red-handed with Rs 800,000 bribe money.

KATHMANDU, Jan 14: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has sued 814 individuals for misappropriations totaling over Rs 4 billion during the last fiscal year.

KATHMANDU, Jan 3: The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a charge sheet against undersecretary at the Ministry of Finance Rajendra Dhungana and his wife Madhu Koirala Dhungana on Friday.

KATHMANDU, Dec 31: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has arrested the then chief district officer (CDO) of Dolakha Khagendra Rijal who was suspended from the post for being involved in bribery last week.

KATHMANDU, Dec 16: The Commission for Investigation and Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a graft case against Ram Babu Mandal, the officiating chief of Land Revenue Office in Siraha, demanding a fine of Rs 500, 000 and jail term for seeking the bribe from the service seekers.

KATHMANDU, Dec 15: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a corruption case against relatives of a government official after the anti-graft body found out the official allegedly deposited illegally amassed properties in their names in a bid to avoid possible action from anti-corruption agencies.

KATHMANDU, Dec 11: Chief of the Division Road Office in Pyuthan, Dhruba Kumar Shrestha and engineer Niroj Maharjan caught red-handed with bribe money of Rs 2 million from a restaurant in the capital on Wednesday.

CIAA urges Home Ministry to suspend Rijal

December 10, 2019 18:34 pm

KATHMANDU, Dec 10: The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has urged the Ministry of Home Affairs to suspend then chief district officer of Dolakha, Khagendra Prasad Rijal.

KATHMANDU, Nov 24: The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority on Sunday filed cases against 38 government employees including three under secretaries for their alleged irregularities in issuing driving licenses to 1284 persons in 2012.

2 held on charge of bribery

October 26, 2019 09:53 am

BUTWAL, Oct 26: The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has arrested two government employees from Butwal, Rupandehi on the charge of taking bribes from service-seekers.

KATHMANDU, Oct 22: The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a case against 13 government officials at the Special Court on Tuesday on the charge of abuse of authority.

KATHMANDU, Sept 5: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has summoned more than four dozen individuals for interrogation in connection with the high profile Lalita Niwas land scam.

KATHMANDU, Aug 19: Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Monday has held four police constables Devendra Balayar, Aakash Khanal, Niraj Bhandari and Hitler Saud for allegedly receiving bribes from service-seekers.

KAVREPALANCHOK, August 17: Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Banskota has said corruption rate was not rising but it was the activism of anti-corruption body CIAA that has debunked corruption cases.

Read the suicide note

August 14, 2019 02:00 am

When the country’s anti-graft agency, which is largely seen as failing to investigate the high-profile cases and take the accused to the court, is accused of pushing the low-ranking officials to the point of committing suicides for its alleged role in framing them, what will happen to the credibility of the anti-graft body?

KATHMANDU, Aug 13: As one after another junior government official commits suicide following implication by the CIAA, a debate has started whether such small fry is being made the scapegoats in various corruption scandals.

Road division chief held with bribe

August 9, 2019 09:30 am

KASKI, August 9: Hari Kumar Pokharel, chief of Division Road Office Pokhara and division engineer, was arrested on Thursday evening while taking bribe.

CIAA arrests 5 cops with bribes

August 3, 2019 07:12 am

BANEPA, Aug 3: A team of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) arrested five policemen from police stations at Hinguwapati and Banepa in Kavrepalanchowk district as they were caught red-handed while taking bribes from tipper truck drivers on Thursday evening.

KATHMANDU, July 30: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a charge sheet against six employees, including Chief Administration Officer at Janakpur Sub-Metropolis, Arjun Prasad Subedi, at the Special Court.

KATHMANDU, July 22: The anti-graft team deployed from the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority(CIAA) on Sunday arrested an assistant Sub-Inspector with Rs 3,500 bribe in Rupandehi district.