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Public Accounts Committee directs CIAA to speed up investigation, prosecution process

Kathmandu, Feb 27: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has directed the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) to accelerate investigation and prosecution on the complaints registered at the anti-graft constitutional body, showing concern on sluggish case filling process.

The parliamentary oversight committee instructed the CIAA to bring illegal financial activities under the ambit of law.

In the PAC’s meeting on Tuesday, discussion was held on the implementation situation of past directives issued to the CIAA.

On the occasion, Committee members raised questions on CIAA’s slow response to the complaints registered for the past few years. The lawmakers also drew attention of the CIAA towards its slack investigation and prosecution process.

Directing the CIAA after discussion, PAC Chairperson Rishikesh Pokharel said, “There is dillydallying in implementation of directives issued by committee in different time. A decision was taken to give directives from the committee to make the commission carry out activities related to settling the complaints and irregularities soon.”

The committee directed the government to take initiatives for legal convenience as it is necessary for CIAA to get information from different organisations and agencies at abroad in course of investigation.

Chief Commissioner of CIAA Prem Kumar Rai briefed the meeting about implementation situation of directives issued by PAC for CIAA.

He shared that the CIAA has completed investigation on land issue related to Taragaun Development Committee and handed over it to Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation for further investigation.

Investigation on Nepal Airlines Corporation’s ‘wide-body’ aircraft purchase scam has reached final phase, Rai added, sharing information about its performance and investigation carried out by CIAA on security printing press purchase scam, Chameliya hydropower project, scientific forest management and decision of Nepal Securities Board allowing to issue share on premium price. #Nepal

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