KATHMANDU, Feb 25: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed graft cases against 17 individuals at the special court on Friday.

CIAA and Corruption in Nepal

February 13, 2023 07:50 am

Despite the Constitution of Nepal 2015 envisioning a clean, efficient, fair, transparent, and corruption-free public administration, poverty and social injustice in the country continue to thrive due to rampant corruption in public, private, community-owned, and even non-governmental sectors. Policy corruption causes the country to lose billions of rupees in revenue annually, hindering sustainable development.

KATHMANDU, Feb 11: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that the government has adopted a zero-tolerance policy against corruption. He also pledged to take action against those involved in incidents of irregularities that took place during any period.

KATHMANDU, Feb 11: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that the present government will be ruthless against those involved in corruption.

According to a report released by Transparency International Nepal on January 28, 2020, corruption has risen rapidly since the implementation of federalism in Nepal.

Nepal’s Corruption Crisis

February 1, 2023 08:37 am

The onus also lies on the ordinary citizens to end the corruption. All citizens should demand accountability and transparency from their elected representatives and institutions. Together, we must create a culture of zero tolerance towards corruption, and work towards a more fair and just society. Nepal's future depends on the actions we take today. It's time for the country to move beyond just lip-service and take decisive steps to combat corruption and build a brighter future for all.

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: Nepal has ranked 110th among 180 countries and territories in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), a measure widely used to assess the level of corruption in a country.

Recent police investigations have revealed that corruption didn’t spare even the sport of cricket which is known for its gentlemanly spirit and fair play. Organizing a press conference on Tuesday, the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police revealed that evidence of ‘spot-fixing’ was found in the matches of the Nepal T-20 League which was held at the Tribhuvan University Cricket Ground from December 24 to January 11. At the press conference, the CIB revealed that 10 people – four Nepalis and six foreigners – were involved in spot-fixing and said that based on evidence collected from Whatsapp messages and phone call details, two Nepalis have already been arrested for their alleged involvement in the act of fixing.

KATHMANDU, Jan 19: Contractor Bikram Pandey, who was acquitted in a case filed against him at the Special Court on charges of corruption in the national pride Sikta irrigation project, has become the urban development minister.

It goes without saying that corruption is a major problem in Nepal that has undermined the country’s social, economic and political development. Despite efforts to address corruption, it continues to thrive and undermine public trust in government institutions. The fight against corruption requires a concerted effort from all sectors of society and has to be supported by legal and institutional measures

KATHMANDU, Jan 13: The Special Court has sentenced Raj Narayan Pathak, the former commissioner of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), and a college administrator Lambodar Neupane, who bribed Pathak, to three years in jail and Rs 3.9 million in fine.

DHANUSHA, Sept 29: The Bardibas-based Office of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has submitted the 32nd annual report to Madhesh Province Chief Harishanker Mishra.

Corruption on the rise in Nepal

September 22, 2022 14:06 pm

KATHMANDU, Sept 22: Even as corruption has been on the rise in Nepal, the cases registered by the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority are becoming weaker. Of the cases registered by the Authority (CIAA) at the Special Court in the financial year 2078/079, corruption was proved in only about 39 percent cases. The Special Court has acquitted many corruption-accused, citing lack of enough evidence.

August 16: A court in military-ruled Myanmar sentenced deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi to six years in prison on Monday after finding her guilty in four corruption cases, a source with knowledge of the proceedings said.

KATHMANDU, August 10: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) filed a charge-sheet at the Special Court on Wednesday, accusing Sub-engineer Rambabu Yadav of the Drinking Water and Sanitation Division No. 2 Okhaldhunga, of submitting fake academic certificates in order to receive benefits and privileges of a government position.

KATHMANDU, August 9: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Tuesday filed five cases against 13 individuals accused of being involved in corruption by producing fake documents.

KATHMANDU, August 7: The Department of Health Services under the Ministry of Health and Population has been preparing to purchase health equipment by paying Rs 410 million more than the actual price in collusion with some unscrupulous businessmen. According to a highly-placed source at the ministry, the company price of the equipment, which the supply division of the department is preparing to purchase, is around Rs 320 million. However, the department has agreed to purchase the equipment for Rs 730 million in collusion with the businessmen.

KATHMANDU, August 4: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) registered a corruption case against six people including the then secretary of Madhesh Province at the Special Court in Kathmandu on Wednesday. The CIAA has accused them of carrying out financial irregularities worth Rs 103.3 million in the name of the Beti Padhau, Beti Bachau (Educate Daughters, Save Daughters) campaign.

KATHMANDU, August 3: In Tuesday's meeting of the House of Representatives, the MPs of the ruling parties criticized the government for not adjusting the prices of petroleum products even though they have been reduced twice. Aman Lal Modi, the MP of the ruling party CPN (Maoist Center) expressed his displeasure saying that even though the Indian Oil Corporation had reduced the price of petroleum products twice, Nepal Oil Corporation has not adjusted the price accordingly. He drew the attention of the government saying that due to the increase in the price of petroleum products, corruption has become rampant.

KATHMANDU, July 8: Several old cases are pending at the Supreme court (SC) - some for the past two decades - due to the ‘lack of time’ to hear these cases. One such case in point is the case involving former executive general manager of Nepal Oil Corporation, Yuvraj Sharma. After a series of hearings on the corruption case filed against Sharma, the SC ruled to announce the final verdict on the case. It’s already been two years since that SC decision, but the final verdict on the case hasn’t been announced. The SC ruled two years ago that Sharma had embezzled Rs 5.4 million, but the final verdict on the case is yet to be made.

KATHMANDU, June 11: The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development has been criticized in parliament for not delivering chemical fertilizers on time. During the discussions on the agriculture ministry in the House of Representatives recently under various headings of the Appropriation Bill, the members of the parliament complained that the farmers were at a grave loss due to the government not delivering fertilizers on time. They urged the government m to pay special attention to this.

JANAKPUR, April 11: A team from the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has arrested the chief of Dhanusha Land Revenue Office, Sunil Kumar Jha, on the charge of taking a bribe early today.

KATHMANDU, March 29: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a corruption case against six people including the then chief of the Tribhuvan University Service Commission, Parashuram Koirala. A lawsuit has been filed against them for allegedly tampering with the results of an examination with malicious intent to benefit another person.

KATHMANDU, March 18: A corruption case has been filed against nine people including Gokul Sharma Poudel, the then acting chief of the Transportation Management Office, Kaski. The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed the case at the Special Court, accusing them of taking bribes from those who had failed the driver's license test but were passed later.

Donors are not infallible. Especially in fragile states, their roles look dominant. In such situations, they fail to set the priorities with their counterparts and are encouraged to do many things without thinking of the absorptive capacities of the states concerned. Bosnia could be the best example where international communities have superseded the government.

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has urged civil servants to despise corruption.

KATHMANDU, Dec 16: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a case at the Special Court against four employees of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) alleging corruption in the contract of a building under-construction in Teku.

In Defense of Democratic Institutions

December 16, 2021 10:50 am

When the judiciary, constitutional and regulatory bodies are turned into epicentres of corruption, run by nominees notorious for their malpractices or nominated through unconstitutional processes, there is nothing which makes us optimistic about a democratic polity.

Corruption in COVID-19 vaccine

December 14, 2021 08:50 am

KATHMANDU, Dec 14: Two health workers have been arrested for allegedly soliciting bribes from the people for the free vaccines provided by the government vaccines against the coronavirus.

BHAKTAPUR, Nov 20: CPN (Unified Socialist) Chairman Madhav Kumar Nepal has directed the ministers who joined the government from his party not to be involved in any kind of wrongdoing.

KATHMANDU, Nov 15: Two ward members have been arrested red-handed on Monday for seeking Rs 150,000 in bribe from the Users’ Committee.

John Abraham-starrer action movie "Satyameva Jayate 2" will be releasing in theatres on November 25. Directed by Milap Zaveri, the film is a sequel to the 2018 hit and will see Abraham fighting corruption in Lucknow.

KATHMANDU, Sept 18: The CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli alleged that the present government had manipulated tax rates in various import items to amass billions of rupees from unscrupulous businesspersons.

KATHMANDU, August 6: Minister of State for Health and Population (MoHP), Umesh Shrestha has committed to taking legal action against those involved in corruption at the BP Koirala Institutes of Health Sciences (BPKIHS).

KATHMANDU, May 6: The government’s failure to purchase Covishield vaccine on time has resulted in the loss of countless lives. As the saga unfolds, new details have emerged of the middlemen who wanted to pocket millions in the midst of the worst pandemic this country has seen in decades.

Sanghiyata ko artha rajniti (political economy of federalism) is a book penned by Binod Neupane. The second edition of the book authored by Neupane, who is well-versed on models of federalism, decentralization and local development, hit the stands in August, 2020. The book primarily focuses on what challenges Nepal's federalism is currently facing and what measures should be taken to overcome them.

The harsh sentence handed down to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy confirms anew an ancient truth of politics: Even in the world’s most firmly entrenched democracies, corruption remains a curse.

Transparency International Nepal (TIN) organized a one-day painting exhibition on Sunday at Nepal Art Council, Babermahal. TIN has been organizing painting exhibitions on an annual basis with an aim to inculcate in the viewers a sense of the virtues that people need to follow in order to eradicate negative effects of corruption on society through art.

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: The Chief Commissioner of Commission for Investigation for Abuse of Authority (CIAA), Prem Rai, has said that the anti-graft body won’t take action against anyone on prejudice and vengeance.

KATHMANDU, Feb 10: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has maintained that the government will not stop the Commission of Investigation for Abuse of Authority (CIAA) from taking action against anyone involved in corruption and abuse of authority.

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: The status of corruption in Nepal has worsened in comparison to last year, as Nepal has ranked 117th of the 180 countries across the world. Nepal lost four places from 2019, scoring just 33 points, according to the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) published by Transparency International (TI) on Thursday. In 2019, Nepal ranked 113 with a score of 34.

KATHMANDU, Jan 10: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Sunday filed a corruption case at the Special Court against 17 people including the then chief of the Survey Office in Lalitpur, Buddhiman Jaisi, on the charge of transferring the ownership of land on the banks of the Karmanasa River in Lalitpur to a private housing company.

KATHMANDU, Dec 25: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a total 441 cases against 1,212 individuals on corruption charges in the Fiscal Year 2019/20.

KATHMANDU, Dec 24: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has said it received the largest number of complaints against irregularities related to federal affairs and local governments in 2019/20.

KATHMANDU, Nov 25: The perception of people who think government corruption is a big issue in Nepal has increased significantly in Nepal in the past one year, according to the report-- Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) – Asia-- released by Transparency International (TI) on Tuesday.

When will Nepal rise?

November 19, 2020 07:08 am

It's important to rise. But where is the possibility? Who is the possibility? Where are the forces with vision and humility?

Republica Morning Brief: Oct 17

October 17, 2020 06:03 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 17: In case you missed them, here are the major news stories that Republica covered over the past 24 hours.

BUTWAL, Oct 16: A police head constable along with his wife was held on the charge of taking a bribe of Rs 400,000 in Rupandehi on Friday.

Either make evidence of corruption public or apologize, NCP spokesperson Shrestha tells former PM Bhattarai

The Center previously received 18.5 million rupees, but it is yet to set up an office and the needed infrastructure