Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Court starts taking explanation from Koirala’s PA

Kathmandu, Nov. 23- Former personal assistant of ex-prime minister and president of Nepali Congress Girija Prasad Koirala, Gokarna Paudel, presented himself before the Special Court on Tuesday.

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) had charge-sheeted Paudel three months ago for amassing property through illegal means when he worked as the personal assistant (PA) of the ex-prime minister.

The court started taking explanation from him and he has been kept in police custody as the interrogation is yet to be completed.

The Commission has accused him of amassing property equal to Rs. 20.06 million illegally after his the details of his assets, which he presented at the RCCC did not tally.

The Commission has charged Paudel of involving in corruption and earning unnatural property while he was in public post and also found that he had purchased different plots of land in the Kathamndu valley and had bought shares of different banks. The court would start hearing whether to remand him in judicial custody after completing the interrogation.

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