CIAA can probe Pathak corruption case – Attorney general

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Kathmandu, 19 Feb-

The Office of the Attorney General on Monday swiftly responded to the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority, advising the watchdog that it can investigate Raj Narayan Pathak, the CIAA commissioner who resigned on Friday after he got embroiled in a corruption scandal.

The commission sought the attorney general’s opinion on Monday morning amid confusion over the constitutional provision if it authorised the CIAA to probe and prosecute a constitutional body office bearer.

A source at the Attorney General’s Office said their opinion was that the constitution, the CIAA Act and the Corruption Prevention Act do not bar the anti graft-body from initiating a probe in the incident involving Pathak.

Attorney General Agni Kharel told the Post that his office has sent its opinion to the anti-graft body.

The commission had found the related constitutional provisions unclear.

A meeting of CIAA commissioners and senior officials on Sunday had decided to seek the opinion of the Attorney General’s Office.

Article 239 (3) of the constitution might be interpreted that the commission can initiate action against an office bearer of a constitutional body only when he or she is removed through impeachment, according to CIAA officials.- kathmandu post

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