Wednesday, March 28, 2007

CIAA summons ex-CoAS Thapa over graft charge

The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has summoned former Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS) Pyar Jung Thapa for interrogation on charges of corruption during the royal regime.

Officials said the CIAA sent a letter to Thapa today asking him to appear before a panel to record his statement in connection with the accusation against him of misappropriation of over Rs 20 million during King Gyanendra’s active rule.

Based on the Rayamajhi Commission’s report, the anti-graft body is investigating into corruption cases that took place during the royal regime. Thapa is one of the several top-ranking government officials in the royal regime who have been implicated by the Rayamajhi Commission in financial irregularities.

The CIAA has already interrogated former royalist ministers Kamal Thapa, Tanka Dhakal, Shrish Shumsher Rana and Dan Bahadur Shahi over the graft charges.

The CIAA began the probe after the government authorised it for investigation into corruption cases pointed out by the Rayamajhi Commission report.

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