Friday, April 20, 2007

CIAA interrogates Tulsi Giri, three other royal kingpins

The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) Friday grilled vice-chairman of the erstwhile royal government, Dr. Tulsi Giri, former minister Radha Krisha Mainali and two others on charges of misuse of state funds to suppress the Jana-Aandolan-II last year.
Dr Giri and Mainali reached the CIAA office at 11:00 am and recorded their statements for nearly two hours. The CIAA also interrogated two regional administrators of the royal regime, Rabindra Chakrabarti and Prajapati Koirala, on similar charges.
The CIAA had three days earlier directed royalist ministers Ramesh Nath Pandey, Krishna Lal Thakali, Buddhi Raj Bajracharya, Durga Shrestha, Khadga Bahadur G.C, Ram Narayan Singh, Madhukar Shusmsher Rana and Badri Mandal and then regional administrator Rabindra Chakrabarti to appear at it's office within seven days to record their statements.
Acting on the report of the Rayamajhi Commission, the anti-corruption body has already interrogated some ministers of the King's cabinet as well as the then Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) Pyar Jung Thapa on misuse of state funds in suppressing the democratic movement.
Earlier, the government had asked the CIAA to look into the corruption related matters as pointed out by the Rayamajhi Commission and take necessary action against the former ministers of the royal cabinet and political appointees who were involved in corruption

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