KATHMANDU, Oct 4: The Special Court has found Assistant Sub Inspector Dilip Karki guilty of embezzling Rs 675,000. A full bench of Justices Yamuna Bhattarai, Shaligram Koirala, Balabhadra Bastola found Karki guilty of embezzling funds of the petrol pump run by the Police Welfare Fund.

KATHMANDU, Oct 3: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has decided not to proceed with the case against nine individuals involved in irregularities related to the National Payment Gateway.

KATHMANDU, Sept 24: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has initiated legal proceedings against five individuals, including the former Chief Administrative Officer of Simraungadh Municipality in Bara, in connection with a corruption case.

Awakening Nepal: A Stark Warning

September 20, 2023 09:30 am

In the land of the Himalayas, where the majestic peaks have long symbolized the heights of human potential, Nepal finds itself at a perilous juncture. It's a nation yearning for change, crying out against corruption that has tainted our very identity on the global stage.

Kathmandu, Aug 29: Chief whip of the main opposition party, CPN-UML, Padam Giri has demanded the government take action against those involved in the Lalita Niwas land-grab scam.

KATHMANDU, Aug 29: Parliamentarian Ashim Shah questioned whether the government would maintain good governance in the country saying that the government was not paying any attention to the fake Bhutanese refugees, Lalita Niwas case, Gaur incident and on the contrary, it was trying to protect the guilty.

Nepal’s Chaotic Corruption Circus

August 24, 2023 15:00 pm

In today’s modern era, trying to judge someone by their appearance is like attempting to decipher a Rubik's Cube while riding a unicycle blindfolded. It's as tricky as figuring out who's a thief, a pickpocket, a robber, or heaven forbid, a politician!

KATHMANDU, Aug 17: Two people arrested in connection with the Lalita Niwas Land scam have been released from detention on Wednesday. However, investigation against them will continue, according to police.

LUMBINI, Aug 11: Chairman of Nepal Samajwadi Party (NSP) Dr Baburam Bhattarai has demanded the formation of a strong and impartial commission to investigate major corruption cases.

The opposition parties’ demand to have an independent commission – parliamentary or judiciary – to investigate the smuggling of nearly one quintal of gold from the airport has raised a fundamental problem that needs to be resolved in the anti-corruption drive in Nepal, that is, who is responsible for controlling corruption in Nepal?

In a significant move towards combating corruption and ensuring accountability, the Supreme Court (SC) has delivered a verdict that sends a clear message: those responsible for financial irregularities will not escape justice, regardless of their position or status.

KATHMANDU, July 30: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal  has said the government's latest endeavors against corruption aiming to promote good governance have instilled a ray of hope among the citizens.

KATHMANDU, July 29: Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha has warned that anyone involved in corruption, fraud and irregularity would be booked irrespective of their family connection and party affiliation.

KATHMANDU, July 21: Minister for Communication and Information Technology Rekha Sharma has asserted that the incumbent government has been taking a tough stance against corruption and is working towards ensuring good-governance since its formation.

The woman power

July 6, 2023 09:00 am

Everyone must have heard this famous liner: There is a woman behind every successful man. There is also a converse liner: There is a woman behind every corrupt man; often more than one.

Anti-Corruption in Crisis

June 30, 2023 09:00 am

Normally, it is corruption that is expected to create a crisis in the economy, in the polity and in society. But it is anti-corruption that is creating a crisis in Nepal.

The recent revival of the Lalita Niwas land grab case has stirred controversy and suspicion, as allegations of political bias and personal vendetta surface. While it is important to address corruption and embezzlement, it is equally crucial to ensure that the investigation remains free from political influence and does not turn into a platform for settling scores or targeting opponents.

KATHMANDU, June 28: The Nepal Red Cross Society is embroiled in controversy once again as political interference and corruption have hindered its operations. The Ministry of Home Affairs recently issued orders for the preparation of its elections, disregarding previous instructions given by the District Administration Office.

A Fish Rots from its Head

June 17, 2023 09:30 am

When it comes to fighting corruption, “establishing or strengthening an anti-corruption agency (ACA)” has become a mantra.

Corruption and Misconceptions

June 3, 2023 09:00 am

With the revelation of big scandals like fake refugee and Pashupatinath Jalhari Scams, corruption and its antidote, anti-corruption have become a national pastime or a cliché. Day-in, day-out, the political leaders could be heard expressing their commitments to fight corruption, some going even to an absurd level: When their party comes to power, even dreaming about corruption will be a culpable crime. They make sure that each and every corrupt person will one day have to stand trial in court.

DHARAN, June 2: Three former officials of BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS), Dharan have been found to be involved in corruption.

As events continue to unfold in Nepal, particularly concerning the fake Bhutanese refugee scandal, there is a growing public and media pressure to ensure justice is served during the upcoming hearing and prosecution. While it is crucial to uphold the principle of "innocent until proven guilty," concerns are arising among the public that the perpetrators may evade accountability.

The crux of the matter

May 24, 2023 09:00 am

There are two ways to control malaria. One, you can have mosquito nets and mosquito repellants. These are essentially preventive measures. Nets and repellants will help keep away mosquitos and prevent you from catching the disease. Second, the most effective way to control malaria is to attack the breeding grounds of the mosquitos.

KATHMANDU, May 20: A group of independent youths staged a demonstration against corruption in Tinkune area of Kathmandu on Saturday.

KATHMANDU, May 19: Nepali Congress leader and federal parliamentarian Dr Shashank Koirala has insisted on taking measures to prevent corruption.

KATHMANDU, May 18: Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha has said the government was constantly working to put an end to corruption and the practice of undue commissions-taking.

Corruption, a term as old as politics itself, remains a widespread menace that plagues nations worldwide, impeding their progress and development. Put simply, corruption entails the improper use of public power, frequently for personal gain, leading to violations of fundamental principles such as honesty, integrity, and accountability. This pervasive issue manifests in various forms, including bribery, nepotism, embezzlement, and abuse of authority, and can permeate all levels of government, from the highest ranks to the lowest tiers.

KALIKOT, May 13: Kal Bahadur Bhandari, head of the education branch of Palanta Rural Municipality of Kalikot, has been accused of taking a bribe of Rs 400,000 for approving a project worth Rs 5 million.

In the jungle of corruption

May 13, 2023 08:45 am

With the unfolding of high voltage “fake refugee scandal” corruption or rather anti-corruption cacophony is out there in the streets, in the parliament and in the media. In fact, it is the talk of the town.

Corruption and anti-corruption are very much in the headlines. Besides media revealing high-profile cases, there are a couple of factors triggering the debate. First, some bills related to corruption and anti-corruption (amending corruption control Act, Procurement Act, the CIAA Act) are underway for amendment in the parliament.

KATHMANDU, April 28: Rabi Lamichhane, chairman of the Rastriya Swatantra Party (RSP) and a newly-elected Member of Parliament, has said that his party was likely to withdraw its support to the government.

Nepal, like many countries, faces the challenge of systemic corruption in various sectors, including politics. As the country strives to strengthen its democracy and promote fairness in the political process, one tool that is gaining some attention is public financing of elections.

KATHMANDU, April 16: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a case against government officials including Bikal Paudel, director of Security Printing Center, at the  Special Court on charges of corruption.

Setting a Good Precedent

April 14, 2023 07:53 am

In recent years, Nepal has seen numerous cases of corruption and misconduct by politicians. In many cases, these politicians have been able to evade punishment due to their political connections and influence. This lack of accountability has eroded public trust in politicians and the political system as a whole. This has put the fate of democracy in the country itself in serious jeopardy.

DODHARA CHADANI, April 13: A corruption case has been registered at the special court against nine office-bearers including then Chief Administrative Officer of Bhimdatta Municipality.

KATHMANDU, April 5:  The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed an appeal at the Supreme Court against former Minister Bikram Pandey and 21 others, who were acquitted by the special court on corruption charges related to the Sikta Irrigation Project.

KATHMANDU, April 4: The Special Court has convicted five people, including the former chairperson and executive director of the Greater Janakpur Area Development Council (GJADC), of corruption.

KATHMANDU, April 2: The special court has found seven people, including Manohar Prasad Panthi, the Land Revenue officer at Land Revenue office, Nawalparasi, guilty of corruption.

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.