Monday, April 23, 2007

CIAA grills ex-minister Pandey, summons four royal kingpins

The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) Sunday interrogated the Foreign Minister of the erstwhile royal cabinet, Ramesh Nath Pandey, on charges of misuse of state funds to suppress the Jana Aandolan-II.
Pandey went to the CIAA office to record his statement as per the summon order issued last week. Talking to reporters after the questioning, Pandey denied the corruption charge saying that he was not involved in any kind of financial irregularities.
Meanwhile, the anti-corruption body today issued summons to then vice-chairman of the royal cabinet, Kirti Nidhi Bista, and then ministers Kesher Bahadur Bista, Buddhiman Tamang and Salim Miyan Ansari for questioning on similar charges.
On Friday, the CIAA had grilled the first vice-chairman of the royal government, Dr. Tulsi Giri, then minister Radha Krisha Mainali and two others on charges of squandering government funds to suppress the people’s movement last year.
The CIAA, which has been authorised to probe corruption-related cases pointed out in the Rayamajhi Commission report, has already grilled former Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) Pyar Jung Thapa and several other royal kingpins

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