Monday, January 02, 2006

Inquiry on AG reports .

Kathmandu, Jan 2-The government has directed recently appointed Attorney General Laxmi Bahadur Nirala to conduct an inquiry to find out how the media got hold of the report of the Auditor General on the audit of the Welfare Fund of the Royal Nepalese Army.

A high-ranking official of the Office of the Attorney General that the government today directed the Attorney General to find it out, and immediately after, he questioned several officials under him on how journalists got the report himalaya times reports.

The Office of the Auditor General had sent the document, tagging it as a secret document. Sections of the media, however, disclosed the scalding contents of the report yesterday.
It may be recalled that the AG’s report revealed out how those in charge misutilised the Army Welfare Fund, blithely disregarding all norms.“The Attorney General wants to know whether journalists got the report from the Supreme Court or from the Office of the Attorney General. We will tell Nirala the document may have been leaked from the Sup-reme Court,” the official said.

According to him, Nirala got several telephone calls from high-ranking officials of the Royal Nepalese Army and the government asking why they disclosed the document. He claimed that the Attorney General had told the officials that the person who disclosed the document might face action.

Asked about the inquiry, Nirala said he has no idea on the issue. “I don’t know. I cannot tell you anything on the issue,” he said.

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