The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has begun investigation into theft of petroleum products imported by the state-owned Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) from India.
A four-member team led by DSP Siddhi Birkam Malla comprising two officials at the Butwal contact office of the constitutional anti-graft body kicked off field observations from Monday.
The team will conduct through investigation into the theft scam along with adulteration and evading customs while import staying 3-4 days in the district.
DSP Malla declined to divulge information on evidences obtained and investigation conducted so far arguing that it would hinder the investigation process.
Earlier, an investigation team led by SP Birkam Singh Thapa had publicized the modus operandi of the theft along with adulteration and evading customs.
Western Regional Office Chief of Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC), Nagendra Kurmi and officers Rabindra Kumar Raut and Devendra Basnet and tanker entrepreneur Hari Bahadur Kunwar are under police custody for their alleged involvement in the theft of diesel imported by the NOC.
Although the police had issued arrest warrants against 16 tanker entrepreneurs for their alleged involvement in the scam, 15 of them are still on the lam.
The theft of petroleum products came to light after police arrested 21 persons and impounded 11 tankers with 17,000 liters of theft diesel from Padasari-1 and Madhbaliya-3 on April 29.