Graft case filed against former Nepal Oil Corporation chief Khadka
- Charges ex-NOC chief with amassing property worth Rs186m illegally
Jan 7, 2019-
The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority on Monday filed a corruption case at the Special Court against former Nepal Oil Corporation managing director Gopal Bahadur Khadka on the charge of amassing property worth Rs186.6 million illegally.CIAA Spokesperson Rameshwor Dangal told the Post that it is probably the largest corruption case ever filed by the anti-graft body relating to the accumulation of properties through illegal means.
Khadka faces a long list of corruption allegations during his long career in government services in different offices.
The anti-graft body has also been conducting a separate probe into Khadka’s involvement in alleged corruption in the purchase of land in different places when he was the managing director of NOC.
The probe conducted by different parliamentary committees under the erstwhile parliament had stated that at least Rs1.26 billion was misappropriated in the land purchase deals made by the state-owned oil monopoly.
According to the CIAA probe, Khadka had not only amassed property illegally, but had also hidden property worth over Rs70 million in the names of other people. Khadka was found hiding the illegally amassed properties in the name of his wife--Sharmila Khadka--and Amita Lama Sodemba. Property worth Rs75.47 million was hidden in the name of Lama Sodemba.
A house at CG Hills Housing at Hattigauda area, eight aana land at Budhanilkantha, a Tucson car, amount paid to purchase a house developed by CG Developers, were hidden in the name of Lama.
Khadka himself was carrying out transactions from the bank account of Lama Sodemba remained at NMB Bank and Citizen Bank.
The anti-graft body also confiscated the “good for payment” cheque issued by Khadka to make advance payment of Rs8.98 million to purchase land at Budhanilkantha area of Kathmandu and submitted to the court.
Investigation has shown that Khadka earned Rs86.46 million legally since March 15, 2013. But his expenditure and investment remained far above than what he legally earned. He had spent and invested Rs273.07 million in the five year since 2013. Deducting his legal earning from the total amount that he spent and invested, Khadka has failed to show the source of Rs 186.6 million, the CIAA said in a statement. The anti-graft body has sought penalty of up to five years of imprisonment, fine equivalent to illegally earned property, and confiscation of illegally earned property.
Although the maximum jail-term for accumulation of illegal property as per Clause 20 (2) of Corruption Prevention Act 2002 is two years, the CIAA has sought additional three years jail term as per Clause 24 of the same law because he had retired as a special class government officer.
Khadka has been a controversial figure as he has been named in a number of irregularities in different offices he had worked during his career in the government service.
He was accused of colluding with property brokers to purchase lands for the NOC in Jhapa, Sarlahi, Chitwan and Rupandehi districts at prices higher by three to four times above the going rates.
Similarly, the NOC under Khadka’s leadership had also allowed 17 gas plants to expand their branches going against the commitment of merging the gas plants to make the sector systematic. He had also allowed the blacklisted company, Birat Petroleum, to import fuel while releasing Rs180 million in the company’s name.
He was also accused of a number of irregularities when he had headed the Division Road Office, Kathmandu. An audit conducted by Office of Auditor General had found that the office, under Khadka’s leadership, had made payment to contractors for using new stones and construction materials without calculating the use of existing construction materials. A probe panel led by immediate Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office Jaya Mukunda Khanal had also pointed out irregularities in Division Road Office, Kathmandu, recommending additional probe and action against the culprits.
Earning from remuneration: Rs4.05m
Land sales Rs5.87m
Earning from house rent Rs1.35m
Retirement benefits Rs2.92m
Remittance income Rs0.82m
Vehicle sales Rs3.5m
Son/daughter-in-law remuneration Rs1.10m
Miscellaneous earning Rs12.01m
Land and property purchase Rs116.14m
Share purchase Rs10.60m
Repayment of loans Rs42.29m
Loans provided personally Rs12.56m
Donations and assistance Rs11.77m
Expenses for children/social events Rs2.51m
Vehicle purchase Rs11.74m
Expenses for shopping Rs18.01m
Cash in banks and cooperatives Rs27.15m
Miscellaneous spending/invesment Rs20.27m
Published: 07-01-2019 18:55