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CIAA to interrogate NOC board members over controversial land purchase deal
  Kathmandu, Nepal      January 14 2018

Kathmandu, Nepal: The investigation over alleged billion rupees corruption at Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) while buying land for storage purpose of petroleum products at Chitwan, Bhairahawa, Jhapa and Sarlahi districts is said to have reached near to the conclusion. 

The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), the only constitutional anti graft body of the country, has said that it is going to interrogate the NOC board members. 

A source at CIAA has sad that to be interrogated NOC board members include then NOC Managing Director (MD) Gopal Bahadur Khadka and then Supply Minister Depak Bohora. It is said that the CIAA is going to call them at the office of the CIAA to quiz over the scam. 

The CIAA has reached on the conclusion to quiz the NOC board members to make its investigation stronger before filing corruption case at the Special Court. It is said that the investigation made as on now and the information provided by the NOC staffers and others concerned persons led to the CIAA to interrogate over the NOC board members. 

As of the previous investigations made by the parliamentary committees of then Legislative Parliament, the CIAA has also reached on near to the conclusion that the lands were bought in highly inflated prices than the actual prices. However, it is said that about one month would take to make public the official position of the CIAA over the scam.  

The CIAA has not only been interrogating to the persons suspected to the scam but also but also conducted a field visit with the aim to collect the actual information. The CIAA team had also a conclusion that the price paid and the amount got by the landowners is relatively different.  

A subcommittee under the Industry, Commerce and Consumer Welfare Committee of the erstwhile Legislature-Parliament had also stated that the NOC had paid about three to four times higher than the actual rates of the bought land.
It is alleged that about 870 million Nepalese rupees would have emblazed while doing the controversial purchase deal of lands for setting up NOC oil storage facilities in the districts. 

The NOC officials including its board members have long been indicating to have involved in various financial irregularities including the recent one land purchases deal. 

The land purchase deal had left sufficient space to cast suspicions as the lads were purchased violating the Land Acquisition Act, which has to be followed while purchasing lands for any state owned agencies like NOC.