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Nepal in news again, it’s corruption after chaos

Last week, Nepal's anti-corruption body, dropped a bomb shell by summoning 29 people, mostly politicians and public post holders besides a journalist cum civil society leader, for investigation.

Written by Yubaraj Ghimire | Kathmandu |
Updated: December 19, 2015 6:02:57 pm
Nepalese activists protesting against India show papers written with their appeal as they are detained by police outside the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. About 50 activists were detained as they demanded an end to a monthlong blockade of supplies from India.  (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha) Nepalese activists protesting against India show papers written with their appeal as they are detained by police outside the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. About 50 activists were detained as they demanded an end to a monthlong blockade of supplies from India. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Nepal has been in the headlines for sometime, mostly for the wrong reasons, like political instability drifting towards anarchy, dispute over the new constitution with certain groups disowning it, and the resultant border blockade and short supply of essential commodities from India as a result.

But last week, the Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Authority, an anti-corruption constitutional body, dropped a bomb shell by summoning 29 people, mostly politicians and public post holders besides a journalist cum civil society leader, for investigation. In addition, on Friday, the cabinet, after much hesitation and in defiance of political pressure, suspended Koshraj Wanta, Chief of Armed Police Force, on CIAA’s directive, with immediate effect.

What turn will the course of action take is hard to guess as it has to be settled by the appellate court, that may take about a year or so, but from the list of people that the CIAA has summoned, top politicians including top politicians and ‘revolutionary leaders’ from the Maoist leaders appear connected.

All the investigation, possible outcome, and the stigma attached to such course, is likely to have political fall out that will only contribute to the impending political chaos. Nepal’s politics and politicians have already lost their credibility, and the CIAA’s mass action is a serious endorsement to that.

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