Kathmandu : The Special Court convicted two former officials of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and a tourism entrepreneur on corruption charges.
A division bench of Special Court Chairman Baburam Regmi and members Dwarika Man Joshi and Narayan Prasad Pokhrel slapped seven years jail term to former Chief Executive Officer at Nepal Tourism Board Subash Niraula, while six years imprisonment each to Chief Account Officer Anil Kumar Das and Worldwide Travel’s Proprietor Mahendra Khanal.
The court handed down the seven year’s jail term along with the fine of Rs 8.5 million to Niraula, and Rs 5.4 million as compensation to the NTB.
Das is handed down six year jail term along with the fine of Rs 5.2 million and Rs 2.4 million as compensation to the NTB.
The verdict came in response to the charge sheet registered by the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority ( CIAA ), accusing 23 officials at NTB of involving in the corruption worth Rs 1.39 billion three years back.
Earlier , the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) of Nepal filed a charge sheet at the Special Court against 23 employees associated with the Nepal Tourism Board ( NTB)on charge of their involvement in corruption and financial irregularities .
CIAA has demanded Rs 816 million as the penalty from the accused.They have been charged with indulging in corruption under different headings including submitting fake bills of office expenditures among other fake bills.
Those facing the CIAA charges in April 2015 were :
NTB Officiating CEO Subash Nirola – NRs 33,72,55029 ( US$ 1 equal to approx. NRS 100)
Former Executive Chief Prachandaman Shrestha – RS 28, 80,130
Senior Director Nandini Lahe Thapa- Rs 34,16, 622
Senior Director Aditya Baral- Rs 41,78095
Director Hikmat Singh Aiyr – Rs 16,54,63612
Director Kashiraj Bhandari – Rs 34,84465
Senior Manager Leela Bahadur Baniya-Rs 100260
Senior Manager Diwakar Bikram Rana – Rs 255046
Manager Anil Das – Rs 17,94,98043
Manager Dhruba Kumar Rai- Rs 627399
Manager Laxman Gautam – Rs 368156
Similarly, the charge sheet included against the then Chairman of NTB and Secretary Sushil Ghimire, the then member and Secretary at the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation Sharad Chandra Poudel, Megh Bahadur Pandey, Tikaram Sapkota, Pamphadevi Dhamala, Dilli Prasad Siwakoti, Rewat Bahadur Thapa, Dhruba Narayan Shrestha, Furba Gyaljen Sherpa, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal Director General Ratischandra Lal Suman and Ranjan Krishna Aryal .