4 convicted by RCCC at large
Kathmandu, July 29 - Four of the six people convicted by the Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC) on July 26 for "misappropriation" of funds in the adit access road construction contract of the Melamchi Water Supply Project are at large. The police has not been able to trace them even after receiving written orders to arrest them and hand them over to the commission.
Former secretary, Tika Dutta Niraula, former chief of the Melamchi project; Dhruba Bahadur Shrestha, former deputy executive director of the project; Dipak Kumar Jha; and one of the contractors of the Melamchi adit access road, Jeep Chiring Lama, have gone incommunicado after the RCCC passed the "guilty" verdict on July 26.
Niraula's daughter, Lena Chapagain, said, "We have no information about his whereabouts. He has been out of contact since Tuesday (July 26) afternoon." Similarly, Kalpana Jha, wife of Dipak Kumar Jha, said, "He left on Tuesday afternoon saying that he was going to the commission to hear the verdict. He didn't return home and has been out of contact since."