Contractors charged with graft to be barred from fresh bidding

- Post Report, Kathmandu

May 21, 2019-

Contractors facing corruption charges will no longer be allowed to bid for new projects after the amended public procurement regulation came into effect.

The amended regulation says that any bidder--firm or individual--that faces a corruption case in court as per the law cannot bid for projects either as individual or in the form of a joint venture unless the court gives a clean chit.

The provision has barred Kalika Construction and Pappu Construction and their owners--former minister Bikram Pandey and suspended lawmaker Hari Narayan Rauniar respectively--from taking part in any government bids.

In December last year, the anti-graft body filed a corruption case at the Special Court against Pandey, chairman of the Kalika Construction, for substandard construction and repeated collapses of the main canal of the Sikta Irrigation Project. Twenty others including government officials and consultants involved in the multi-billion-rupee project were charged with corruption.

In October last year, the anti-graft commission filed a case against Pappu Construction owner Hari Narayan Rauniyar and his son Sumit Rauniyar for building a substandard bridge over the Babai river in Jabbighat, Bardiya. But contractors argued that the new provision would do them injustice, Chaulagain, the deputy general of the contractors’ federation, said. (PR)

Published: 21-05-2019 10:32

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