Kathmandu, Nepal, January 23, 2022: The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a corruption case against Dr Gyanendra Giri, vice-chancellor of BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, at the Special Court on the charge of claiming a false designation on Monday.
The CIAA has stated in the charge sheet that Dr Giri had been using the designation ‘professor’ with the intention of misleading others as he held no such official position while carrying out his duty as vice-chancellor.
The CIAA has sought punishment as per the section 15 and 24 of the Corruption Prevention Act-2002. With the filing of the case, he is now automatically suspended from his post.
As per the act, the convicted person for false designation claims is liable to one to two years of imprisonment and a fine ranging from Rs50, 000 to Rs100,000, depending on the degree of the offence committed.
The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) had already made clear on September 12, 2021 that Dr Giri was not a ‘professor.’
Former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had appointed Dr Giri as the vice-chancellor of the institute in April 2020 on the recommendation of then MoHP Minister Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal.
Meanwhile, the CIAA has also arrested Purna Prasad Chudal, chief of management division at the Internal Terminal Management Department (ITMD), on corruption charges on Monday.
The CIAA has said that Chudal was arrested with cash Rs 800,000 whose source could not be disclosed and an additional amount of Rs 150,000 received from the service seekers.