Corruption Case Filed Against Ex-NOC Chief

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January 8: The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has filed a case against former executive director of Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) Gopal Khadka at the Special Court on the charge of amassing property through illegal means.

The charge-sheet filed by the anti-graft body on Monday (January 7) states that Khadka amassed property worth Rs 186.6 million without known sources of income.

CIAA Spokesperson Rameshwar Dangal said that Khadka has been hiding his income earned through illegal means in bank accounts of his relatives and other close persons.

It has been reported that Khadka used the black money to purchase land, house and vehicles in the name of Amita Lama Samden of Budhanilkantha Municipality.

The anti-graft body said that Lama owns a house worth Rs 32.5 million in Hattigauda, a Tucson car worth Rs 8.4 million and another house in the then Mahankal VDC estimated to be of Rs 35 million and land worth Rs 4 million in Budhanilkantha, all funded by Khadka.

Khadka has been using ATM cards of NMB Bank and Citizens Bank issued in the name of Lama.

The former executive director of the state-owned oil monopoly is accused to have purchased three houses through illegal means besides having two ancestral houses. He has also allegedly paid advance for two more houses. The CIAA has claimed that he has purchased plots of land in 11 different places of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Kavre and the estimated cost of all the land is said to be Rs 116.1 million. He has also purchased shares of different companies worth Rs 10.6 million, according to CIAA.  

The state-run news agency, Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS), said that the case was filed by the anti-graft body after a long investigation. RSS quoted spokesperson of the CIAA Dangal as saying that Khadka has been charged of amassing property by abusing his authority while he served as the head of the NOC and in other government agencies.

CIAA has said in the charge-sheet that it could not present Khadka in the court as he is currently at large.


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