Nepali gov’t asked to recover spending of royal ministers

By Xinhua,

Kathmandu : The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) of Nepal Tuesday instructed the government to recover a sum of money from former royal ministers, local newspaper The Rising Nepal reported on Wednesday.

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The involved amount of 14 million Nepali rupees (around 203,000 U.S. dollars) from royal regime ministers Kamal Thapa, Shrish Shumsher Rana and Tanka Dhakal is to be investigated, since the CIAA believed that the process of spending from the public fund during their tenure was wrong, according to highly placed sources at the CIAA.

The CIAA instructed the government to recover 9.7 million rupees (around 141,000 dollars) from former home minister Thapa, 3.6 million rupees (around 52,000 dollars) from former communication minister Rana and 700,000 rupees (around 10,000 dollars) from former communication minister Dhakal respectively, the sources said. However, the Commission acquitted other ministers under the royal cabinet, the report said.

The Commission took this decision after an investigation at the recommendation of Rayamajhi Commission, which had been constituted by the government to probe into irregularities and excesses committed by ministers during the royal regime.

Former Nepali King Gyanendra’s direct rule was ended in April, 2006, while Nepal was declared a federal democratic republic by the Constituent Assembly on May 28, 2008.