Friday, 6th March 2015

Case filed against irrigation officials at CIAA; Rs 330m embezzlement suspected

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A case has been filed against four officials including the then chief of the Mahakali Irrigation Management No.8 at the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) charging them of embezzling Rs. 330 million while constructing the canal at Ratauli Bichuwa of Kanchanpur district.

The case has been filed against the then Chief of Irrigation Project Office, Chanchal Singh Bista, Engineer duo Kamal Singh Mahato and Binod Chandra Jha, and Accountant Nawal Singh Malla, according to Far-Western CIAA Liaison Office, Mahendranagar.

The government had allocated Rs. 350 million for the reconstruction of the structures that was swept away by the flood in 2065 B.S.

In the case, it is claimed that only Rs. 20 million was spent on the reconstruction of the damaged structures while forge bills of Rs 330 were submitted.

Bishnu Singh Bista, Under Secretary at the CIAA Far-Western Regional Liaison Office said the CIAA is investigating the case.

"The CIAA has directed the bodies concerned to submit the files and if the officials are proved guilty necessary legal action will be forwarded," said Under Secretary Bista.

Meanwhile, the then Chief of the Project, Bista, claimed his team had not committed any irregularities in the project. The amount received was not just for canal reconstruction.

Bista also claimed the reconstruction of the damaged canals was made in the presence of the representatives of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The ADB had invested for the reconstruction of the project.



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