Trader held for probe into transformers scam

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    TransformerKATHMANDU: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority today arrested a trader for supplying substandard transformers to the Nepal Electricity Authority.

    The CIAA identified the trader arrested in its stage of probe into the scam as Sudhir Anjan Shrestha, proprietor of the Shrebworld Trading House. Keshav Prasad Ghimire, co-spokesperson for the CIAA, confirmed Shrestha’s arrest.

    According to Ghimire, the probe has found Shrestha guilty of causing losses to the public and the government by supplying low-quality transformers. Shrestha had worked as the representative of various Chinese companies while supplying substandard transformers.

    In the first phase of its investigation into the scam, the anti-graft body had arrested NEA managing director Rameshwar Yadav, chief of an NEA project Krishna Bahadur Thapa, engineer Pramod Rijal, former managing director Jibendra Jha, former general manager Chiranjibi Sharma, former deputy director Krishna Bahadur KC, former project coordinator Mahesh Prasad Acharya and former deputy executive director Tikaram BC. It had also nabbed accounts officer Sushil Khanal and project coordinator Dev Sharma Paudel.

    In the second phase, the CIAA had arrested former assistant manager Surendra Paneru, former assistant director Harish Bahadur Pal, former assistant manager Madan Raj Chapagain, former engineer Prajwal Pandey, and former store chief Bharat Rupakheti. It had also caught two Chinese nationals — Hu Zheng Qiang and Zou Yi Tian of the China-based Hubei Sunlight Electric Company — for supplying low-grade transformers to the state-run electricity monopoly.

    Source : The Himalayan Times

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    CIAA tries Shrestha on transformers supply scam

    KATHMANDU, Dec 25: The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Wednesday has started trying out on Sudhir Anjan Shrestha, proprietor of Shreworld Trading House, on low-quality transfers supply scam, after taking him into custody.

    The anti-graft body has started carrying out an investigation on Shrestha based on a chargesheet filed against him for his alleged involvement in supplying sub-standard transformers.

    Earlier, the CIAA had filed two corruption cases against 26 Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) officials, including Managing Director Rameshwor Yadav and four suppliers, on charges of embezzling a whopping amount of government fund  while supplying transformers to the NEA.

    The supply of sub-standard transformers has incurred loss around Rs 410 million to the NEA so far.

    Source : Rebulica