KATHMANDU, MAR 25 - The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority on Sunday filed a corruption case at the Special Court against Ramesh Kumar Shrestha, executive director of Trade and Export Promotion Center, on the charge of embezzling around Rs 10 million.
A probe carried out by the anti-graft body has concluded that Shrestha drew some Rs 4.4 million from state coffers against the approval of the Ministry of Commerce and Supply. The ministry had okayed Rs 126,000 for his foreign junket.
Similarly, investigation concluded Shrestha had approved Rs 2,600,000 for the promotion of 10th SAARC Trade Fair held in 2010, but later gave half of the total allocated budget to one of the private media houses without formal bidding process and gobbled up the remaining money. The charge sheet has sought Rs 9.8 million as fine, similar amount of money for the loss of state property and two-year jail term.
Former DFO in dock
A case has been filed against eight forest officials including the then Sankhusabha District Forest Officer Ganesh Bahadur Karki on the charge of promoting deforestation. They have been accused of amassing Rs 7.5 million by denuding forests in the district.
With the anti-graft body's court move, Karki has been suspended from the post. The remaining accused forest officials include Assistant Forest Officers Nemadhari Yadav (retired), Bindilal Chaudhari, Basu Dev P Mandal, Gangrama Mandal, Rama adhar Singh and Foresters Milan Katuwan and Pradip Baskota.
Posted on: 2012-03-25 11:59