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CIAA files lawsuit against six including KMC officials

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KATHMANDU – The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a lawsuit at Special Court against six persons including the then official head of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Office on the charge of indulging in corruption while purchasing tents for the survivors of last year’s earthquake. The lawsuit was filed Friday.

The accused include then KMC office chief and joint secretary Purna Bhakta Tandukar (who is presently posted at the Public Procurement Monitoring Office), the then Department Chief Shantaram Pokhrel, Finance Department Chief Buddha Ratna Manandhar, administration chief Akhat Bahadur Saud, proprietor of Kshitiz Enterprises Nanda Raj Pokhrel and New Chaudhary Traders proprietor Sundarlal Chaudhary.

The CIAA has sought the recovery of Rs2.4 million as fine each from Tandukar, Manandhar and Saud. Similarly, Kshitiz Enterprises owner Pokhrel and New Traders owner Chaudhary who had been awarded the contract of supplying tents to the Office have been demanded for refunding Rs291,323 and Rs2.11 million—the amount they misused while executing the contract, according to CIAA Spokesperson Krishnahari Pushkar.

They have been indicted of taking benefits illegally in the post-earthquake relief efforts, the CIAA said. It had demanded maximum punishment as per the law against the accused.

It may be noted that the Public Account Committee of the Legislature-Parliament has already directed the authorities concerned to take action against those found guilty in the tent purchase irregularities in the aftermath of the major earthquake that hit the country on April 25 last year.


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Nepal ranked 122nd among 180 countries in 2017 corruption perceptions index

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KATHMANDU — Nepal has moved nine position up to rank 122nd in an annual index of countries deemed the least corrupt published by graft watchdog Transparency International.

The country attained a score of 31 in TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2017. Nepal was ranked 131th in the Corruption Perceptions Index in 2016.

Countries that took the top positions in the latest index, which ranked 180 countries, include New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Switzerland.

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South African country Somalia ,with 9 score, is the most corrupted countries among 180 countries.

Among South Asian countries, Bhutan is the least corrupt countries where as Afghanistan is the most corrupt countries. India ranked in 85 , Bhutan ranked in 29th, Sri Lanka in 97,Maldives 118th, Pakistan in 123 and Bangladesh ranked in 146 position.

TI, in its index, measures countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The 2017 index is based on 13 surveys covering expert assessments and views of business people.

Countries are then scored on a scale of zero, for highly corrupt, to 100, for very clean.

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