CIAA charge-sheets top NOC officials for graft

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority today filed a corruption case at the Special Court against 20 incumbent and former top officials of Nepal Oil Corporation for illegally distributing bonus.

CIAA stated that going against its instructions, the NOC distributed bonus to the staff at a time when it was suffering losses and had not cleared its dues. The anti-graft body has charged them with distributing Rs 17.2 million as bonus in the fiscal year 2009/10.

This is the first time that CIAA has prosecuted high-ranking officials of NOC. 

Those charge-sheeted include NOC Acting Executive Director Sagar Satyal, Director Nagendra Sah, managers Kamal Prasad Sharma, Baburam Rai and Netra Prasad Kafle, Deputy Directors Sharad Prasad Paudel and Sushil Bhattarai, Deputy Manager Nava Binod Pokhrel, Assistant Manager Pradipman Basi and Senior Assistant Devi Prasad Neupane. 

CIAA has also filed charge-sheet against former staff of NOC, including former executive directors Suresh Kumar Agrawal and Shiva Prasad Pudasaini; Deputy Executive Director Jayaraj Acharya, Acting Deputy Executive Director Mukunda Prasad Dhungel and Directors Bhubaneshwor Rajbhandari, Ramesh Chandra Koirala and Mohan Karki and managers Kumar Bikram Karki and Subhas Chandra Dahal and Shiva Prasad Dahal. 

According to Shreedhar Sapkota, those charge-sheeted had a hand in approving and distributing bonus to the NOC staff. 

CIAA has sought up to 10-year jail sentence for the defendants. It has also sought to confiscate the amassed amount from the NOC officials.

CIAA stated that the NOC did not abide by the CIAA and the Ministry of Commerce fiat not to distribute bonus to its staff. 

The NOC had distributed bonus amounting to Rs 17.2 million in the fiscal year 2009/10 when its loss had reached up to Rs 11.44 billion. Interestingly, the NOC itself had decided on July 21, 2010 not to distribute bonus as long as it was in the red.

Source: THT