NC youth wings demonstrate against CIAA decision to indict Gachhadar

Lalita Niwas land grab scam

KATHMANDU, Feb 7: The main opposition party Nepali Congress sister wings Nepal Tarun Dal and Nepal Student Union has staged a demonstration at Maitighar Mandala protesting the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) decision to indict their leader and party Deputy-Parliamentary Party leader Bijay Kumar Gachhadar in the Lalita Niwas land grab scam while giving amnesty to the “accused”.

The CIAA on Wednesday filed a charge-sheet against 175 individuals including Gachhadar and three former ministers accusing at the special court accusing them of involvement in transferring the land at Lalita Niwas in Baluwatar illegally to the name of various individuals. Currently, about 65 different individuals own the land there.

However, Bishnu Paudel, whose son owns eight annas of land and former Supreme Court Justice Kumar Regmi who owns two plots at Lalita Niwas were given amnesty. Former Prime Ministers Madhav Kumar Nepal and Dr. Babu Ram Bhattarai were also not implicated as the cabinet decisions, according to the CIAA, do not fall under their jurisdiction.

The NC has said the CIAA’s investigation is “heavily influenced by the government” and the graft case against Gachhadar is “an act of political vengeance”. 

Protesting the CIAA’s “biased” decision, the NC obstructed the House of Representatives on Thursday and Friday as well.

Photos: Mukunda Kalikote/Reporters’ Club Nepal