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PM to be grilled over Lama´s appointment



KATHMANDU: The State Affair Committee of the Parliament on Tuesday decided to seek clarification from Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal regarding the appointment of a controversial Lharkyal Lama, who reportedly holds citizenship of a foreign country also, as the State Minister for Finance.

The Committee meeting held at its office in the Singhadurbar complex directed the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) to immediately take action on the Sudan scandal, in which substandard Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and their spare parts were purchased and supplied to the Nepal Police’s personnel sent to Darfur of Sudan for peacekeeping under the United Nations flag. A probe committee had found that Rs 300 million was embezzled out of a total of Rs 420 million allocated for the deal.

Earlier, the anti-graft boy has indicted more than 53 incumbent and former officials of Nepali Police, including the incumbent Inspector General Ramesh Chand Thakuri, in the deal.

Meanwhile, the Committee inquired with CIAA’s Acting Chief of Commission Bhagawati Kumar Kafle regarding his alleged involvement in a controversial land registration.

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