The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), anti-corruption watchdog of Nepal, has filed graft charges against 18 Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) officials for embezzling millions of rupees in the construction of Mulpani Stadium.
CAN President Tanka Aangbuhang, vice-presidents Chatur Bahadur Chand, Sunil Man Amatya and Binod Kumar Mainali, general secretary Ashok Nath Pyakuryal, treasurer Raju Babu Shrestha, members Kiran Rana, Thakur Paratap Thapa, Thakur Prasad Pahadi and Purna Bahadur Lama along with National Sports Council engineer Arun Upadhyaya have been charge-sheeted for their involvement in the misapproriation of 14.31 million rupees.
CIAA said in its release that the charges include embezzlement of the above mentioned about which has been provided by the government and donor agencies for the construction of stadium and building and sending irrelevant persons in foreign trip on CAN’s expenses.
Apart from the CAN officials and NSC engineer, Gaura Construction operator Surya Adhikari, Ram Sharan Deuja of R Komal Construction, Krishna Prasad Pandey of Nawan Nirmaan Company, Pawan Pathak of Crown Nepal Construction and Development, Raj Kumar Khadka of Khadka Construction, Umesh Man Shrestha of Design Shell Architect and Chhabi Lal Adhikari of Sifon Engineering Consultancy have also been charged in the case. All the companies carried different responsibilities in the construction of the Mulpani Stadium in different time frame.
The CIAA has asked to recover the amount from the accused officials and hand it to the cricket governing body.
Tanka Aangbuhang and Raju Babu Shrestha ———- Rs 14.22 million
Ashok Nath Pyakuryal, Kiran Rana, Thakur Pratap Thapa ——- Rs 10.2 million
Chatur Bahadur Chand —————– Rs 6.27 million
NSC Engineer Arun Upadhyaya ————- Rs 4.77 million
Thakur Prasad Pahadi ———— Rs 4.44 million
Sunil Amatya ——— Rs 1.2 million
Bidul Mainali and Purna Lama ————— Rs 87, 575
Gaura Owner Surya Adhikari ————— Rs 3.2 million Crown Nepal
Construction owner Pawan Pathak ———-Rs 2.4 million Khadka Construction
Owner Raj Kumar Khadka ———— Rs 492,986
R Komal Construction Owner Krishna Prasad Pandey ———– Rs 491, 587