Kathmandu, Nepal, February 14, 2020: The Supreme Court (SC), the Apex Court of the country has asked the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) to present a written clarification as to why it did not file charges against former Prime ministers Madhav Kumar Nepal and Dr. Baburam Bhattarai in connection with the Lalita Niwas land grab case.
Responding to the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by senior advocate Balkrishna Neupane, a single bench of Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana ordered the CIAA to submit the written clarification within 15 days.
Following the corruption case filed the CIAA against 175 individuals including former deputy Prime minister and Nepal Congress’s leader Bijaya Kumar Gachchhadar, senior advocate Neupane had moved to the curt on February 12 stating that CIAA had not indicted the former prime ministers Nepal and Bhattrai and government head Nepal Communist Party (NCP) General Secretary Bishnu Paudel’s son Navin Paudel for their possible involvement in the scam.
The CIAA recently filed a corruption case against 175 individuals including former deputy prime minister and Nepali Congress vice-president Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar, former ministers Chandradev Joshi and Dambar Shrestha for their alleged role in the infamous case. However, there was no charge against Nepal, Bhattarai and Paudel.
Advocate Neupane had urged the apex court to issue an order to the CIAA telling it to file cases against Nepal, Bhattrai and Poudel as per Section 59 (c) of Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 35 of the penal code.