Tuesday, June 21, 2005


CIAA files cases against bank officials, businessmen
Kathmandu, June 21 - In a biggest ever scam that the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has initiated action against, the anti-corruption watchdog on Monday filed corruption cases at the Special Court against 10 persons-4 Rashtriya Banijya Bank (RBB) officials and six businessmen-accusing them of irregularities.
According to reports, the CIAA has accused them of being involved in a loan scam, which has caused a loss of Rs. 1.38 billion to the RBB.
The persons against whom action has been initiated are former RBB branch managers Radha Prasad Shah and Shiv Charan Mandal and deputy managers Chandra Lal Amatya and Bhairab Prasad Pokharel. Owner of the Mangaturam Group- Mangaturam Agrawal and his sons Subodh, Suresh, Krishna, Narayan and Damodar are also charge sheeted.
According to reports, RBB Rani branch had released Rs 867 million against a collateral worth Rs 168.64 million in 1998.

SC orders written reply from Home Minister
Kathmandu, June 21 - The Supreme Court (SC), on Monday, ordered Home Minister Dan Bahadur Shahi to furnish a written reply as to why a contempt of court case shouldn't be initiated against him over the re-arrest of Karna Bahadur Thapa Magar.
Some plainclothes policemen had arrested Thapa from Kathmandu District Court premises soon after his release through an apex court order on June 8. He was first arrested in October last year. The court had termed Magar's detention "illegal", and ordered his release.
Today's SC order was in response to an application filed by Mandira Sharma of Advocacy Forum seeking initiation of a contempt of court case against Shahi over the re-arrest.
She had argued that the minister defied the court by re-arresting Thapa.
Same as ,A habeas corpus writ petition was registered at the Supreme Court Monday saying NC leader Ram Chandra Paudel is being illegally detained, vernacular daily Kantipur reports.The writ says there aren’t adequate reasons and basis for his continued detention.

SC issues show cause order
Kathmandu, June 21 - The Supreme Court has issued show cause order to defendants, various agencies of the government, in response to a writ petition challenging the government’s order to declare certain areas as “restricted zones.”
In response to a writ petition filed by advocate Dinesh Tripathi, the apex court also decided to give priority to the hearings on the case.
In his public interest litigation (PIL), advocate Tripathi argued that the order issued by the government is unconstitutional and malafide, hence should be declared null and void.He has quoted Article 12.2 (b) of the constitution of the kingdom of Nepal, 1990, which says, “All citizens shall have the freedom to assemble peaceably and without arms.”
The same clause, however, says, “Nothing in sub-clause (b) shall be deemed to prevent the making of laws to impose reasonable restrictions on any act which may undermine the sovereignty, integrity or law and order situation of the Kingdom of Nepal.”
Advocate Tripathi has argued that the government’s latest order declaring a number of public places in Kathmandu as “restricted zones”—where people have been barred even to organize peaceful assembly or protests—is against the country’s constitution.


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