Thursday, August 31, 2006

CIAA charges 3 for fake certificate use

The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), the national anti-corruption watchdog, lodged cases against three junior government employees at the special court in Kathmandu Tuesday, accusing the three of using fake academic certificates for appointment to their jobs and subsequent promotions.

According to a statement issued by the CIAA Wednesday, the individuals charged are Narayan Bahadur GC, a clerk at Nepal Electricity Authority; Uttara Ghimire, a school teacher at Biddhodaya Sanskrit Secondary School at Khandbari; and Narendra Gurung, a school teacher at Rastriya Primary School in Chitawan.

GC, Ghimire and Gurung used fake certificates from the Secondary Education Council in Ilahabad and the Bihar Sanskrit Education Board of Patna, India respectively, the statement read.

As per the Corruption Control Act, the accused, if found guilty by a court of law, could be fined up to Rs 20,000 and jailed for up to one year.

If found guilty, they would also be stripped of the perks, pensions and other facilities they would otherwise be entitled to under the existing rules and would be declared unqualified for any kind of government service in future.

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