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 9: A senior leader of the main opposition Nepali Congress Dr Shekhar Koirala has accused the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) of working in collusion with the government in the Lalita Niwas land grab case.

KATHMANDU, Feb 9: Two days after the Commission for the Investigation of the Abuse of Authority (CIAA) filed a case against 175 individuals for illegally transferring the land of Lalita Niwas in their names, the ownership of land registered in the names of Nabin Paudel and former Supreme Court (SC) Justice Kumar Regmi has been quietly transferred in the name of the government.

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Wednesday filed a charge-sheet against 175 individuals, including some erstwhile bigwigs, at the Special Court, accusing them of involvement in illegally registering Lalita Niwas land in the names of various individuals.

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police submitted an investigation report on the Lalita Niwas land scam to the government on Friday, recommending action against bureaucrats and middlemen but exonerating the political leadership, said a highly-placed source.

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: The Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police on Friday submitted a probe report to Ministry of Home Affairs over Lalita Niwas land grab case.

KATHMANDU, Jan 17: A day after the outlawed CPN(Maoist) led by Netra Bikram Chand claimed that it had seized land belonging to Lalita Niwas at Baluwatar, the government on Thursday said activities of the Chand-led group such as planting bombs and putting up flags were just publicity stunts.

KATHMANDU (REPUBLICA): An unidentified group on Wednesday evening detonated an improvised explosive device at the house of Shobha Kant Dhakal, an alleged mastermind of the Lalita Niwas land scam, in the Swayambhu area in Kathmandu.

KATHMANDU, July 29: Yukta Prasad Shrestha, one of the accused in the Lalita Niwas land scam, committed suicide on Sunday following his latest grilling by investigators from the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) for his alleged involvement in the scam.

KATHMANDU, July 20: The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority on Friday said that investigations into the notorious Lalita Niwas land scam have reached the final stage.

KATHMANDU, June 27: It has emerged that the land mafia created fake tenants to illegally grab Lalita Niwas land, as the three-generation identities of nearly five dozen individuals involved could not be established.

KATHMANDU, June 26: The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has summoned 86 persons including families of those allegedly involved in transferring ownership of government land at Baluwatar to individuals.

KATHMANDU, June 3: Smelling a rat in the proposal sent by the Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation (MoLMCPA) to bring the Lalita Niwas land under government ownership, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has returned the proposal back for revision.

KATHMANDU, May 23: A Panchayat-era minister has said that the government had paid compensation to the owners of the Lalita Niwas land 49 years ago.

KATHMANDU, May 23: A Panchayat-era minister has said that the government had paid compensation to the owners of the Lalita Niwas land 49 years ago.

KATHMANDU, May 15: The government plans to ban the sale of land belonging to national and international NGOs, consumer committees and private and community organizations until the bodies that have been probing various land scams complete their investigations.

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KATHMANDU, May 2: Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Gokul Prasad Banskota, has made it clear that the government would not spare anyone involved in the Baluwatar land scam.

KATHMANDU, May 1: Prime Minister KP Oli on Tuesday said NCP General Secretary Bishnu Poudel had no role in registering public land as private property. Oli, who also heads the ruling party, said attempts to drag Poudel into controversy were nothing but a ploy to tarnish the party's image.

KATHMANDU, April 28: Minister for Land Reform and Management Padma Kumari Aryal has defended the ruling Nepal Communist Party General Secretary Bishnu Paudel saying that he had legally purchased the land belonging to Lalita Niwas.

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KATHMANDU, April 27: Minister for Land Reform and Management Padma Aryal said that the government will not seize the land purchased by ruling Nepal Communist Party General Secretary Bishnu Paudel at Lalita Niwas arguing that the land was transferred in the name of Poudel’s son Nabin from the land owner legally.

KATHMANDU, April 22: It has been revealed that the land mafia while selling the Lalita Niwas land had falsely undervalued the land at Rs 800,000 per ropani [5476 sq ft] to evade taxes during registration.

KATHMANDU, April 19: The government has expedited a process to scrap all decisions that paved the way for illegally transferring the ownership of public land to private individuals. The Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM) has directed the Ministry of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation to scrap all controversial decisions taken since 2047 BS, paving the way for transferring ownership of 114 ropani of public land belonging to Lalita Niwas to private individuals.

KATHMANDU, April 16: Lalita Niwas Scam- Dozens of individuals including officials at the land revenue office and brokers have gone out of contact after a probe commenced on the transfer of government land at Lalita Niwas, Baluwatar into private ownership.

KATHMANDU, April 15: Bibeksheel Nepali Party (BNP) on Monday staged a demonstration in front of Singhadurbar, the main administrative secretariat of the Federal Government, in protest of recently-exposed Lalita Niwas land grab case.

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KATHMANDU, April 15: Bibeksheel Sajha Party (BSP) on Monday staged demonstration in front of Prime Minister’s official residence, Baluwatar in protest of Lalita Niwas land grab case.

KATHMANDU, April 13: The government has decided to confer one of the highest civilian awards on the proprietor of Bhat Bhateni Supermarket, Min Bahadur Gurung, who is under police investigation for his role in illegally transferring the ownership of government land belonging to Lalita Niwas to private individuals including himself.

KATHMANDU, April 11: Various banks and financial institutions issued billions of rupees in loans with land at Lalita Niwas as collateral, it has emerged.

KATHMANDU, April 10: General Secretary of ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Bishnu Paudel is among those owning controversial land at Lalita Niwas, it is learnt. Lalita Niwas  was duly acquired by the government and controversy arose after land on the premises was illegally transferred to the names of private individuals.

KATHMANDU, April 9: The government has barred transaction of Lalita Niwas land at Baluwatar on the ground that it was acquired through various machinations.

KATHMANDU, April 8: A probe committee formed by the government to study the illegal transfer of government-owned land to private individuals have recommended the government to scrap all the controversial decisions made in connection to the land grab case through a cabinet meeting.

KATHMANDU, April 7: It has come to light that a huge portion of land once attached to Lalita Niwas at Baluwatar is now in the possession of Bhatbhateni Super Market and the Non-Residential Nepali Association (NRNA). While Min Bahadur Gurung, the supermarket proprietor and his relatives own 60 ropani of the land, NRNA has three ropani one paisa.

KATHMANDU, April 5: It has come to light that owners of the land at Lalita Niwas, Baluwatar for which they had been duly compensated by the government subsequently illegally grabbed the same land.

KATHMANDU, April 4: The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police has started investigations against 20 chief land revenue officers at Dillibazar Land Revenue Office in connection with the role they may have played in illegally transferring ownership of land belonging to Lalita Niwas, Baluwatar.