• Tuesday 20th August 2019

Government unwilling to probe the wide body aircraft scam

  • Published on: February 20, 2019

  • By Our Reporter
    The present KP Sharma Oli-led government that has made ‘zero tolerance to corruption’ as its main mantra to maintain good governance has exhibited its real character by not giving appointment letters to the members of the probe committee it had formed to look into the notorious wide-body aircraft corruption.
    After the Public Account Committee of the Parliament concluded that over 4 billion rupees was misappropriated while purchasing the two wide-body aircraft, the government had formed the committee to separately look into the case. But the 45-day term of the committee expired before its members were given the appointment letters. Prime Minister Oli seemed to have intentionally killed the time and made the committee dysfunctional as many of the leaders, including Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari of his party and NC had been suspected to have involved in the scam. Even main opposition NC had stopped raising the issue as Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government had paid the bigger chunk of their prices of the aircraft, and probably Arzoo Rana and her brother, as reported, had also received a share of the misappropriated amount, forcing NC to shut down its mouth on the issue.
    A meeting of the Council of Ministers on January 4 had decided to form the three-member committee headed by former Supreme Court Justice Govinda Prasad Parajuli. Other members of the committee included former Deputy Attorney General Narendra Prasad Pathak and Chartered Accountant Madan Sharma.


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