Kathmandu, Nepal, April 16, 2019: The controversial land purchase deal of Lalita Niwas at Baluwatar, Kathmandu has dragged into controversies even to the government head Nepal Communist Party (NCP) General Secretary Bishnu Poudel.
It has come to light that various individuals including Nabin Poudel, son of the ruling NCP General Secretary Poudel, owns about eight aanas of the controversial land.
As it had already come to light that the land was illegally transferred to others, transaction of the land is already banned citing the ground that it was acquired through various machinations. The Ministry of Land Management, Cooperative and Poverty Alleviation has banned transactions of the land.
An investigation carried out by the government had already found that 113.3 ropanis of land in Baluwatar area had been illegally occupied and some piece of land was divided into parcels and sold to different people.
A probe panel headed by former Secretary Sharada Prasad Trital had categorically stated that 113 ropani 3 aana lands were sold to others through the illegal means.
The Panchayat era government had acquired 299.9 ropanis of land at Lalita Niwas, Baluwatar, from Subarna Shumsher Rana and his family by paying compensation. However, a plot of 4.11 ropanis were acquired without providing due compensation.
Following the restoration of democracy in 1990, then government of the Nepali Congress had decided to hand over some of the land that Panchayat era government had acquired without providing due compensation.