CIAA files case against section officer for illegally transferring government land

Kathmandu: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has taken legal action against a section officer accused of unlawfully registering government land in an individual’s name.

On Thursday, the CIAA filed a case at the Special Court against Yam Kumar Karki, a section officer at the Bagmati Nagar Land Integration Project Office under the Kathmandu Valley Development Authority.

CIAA alleges that Karki engaged in corrupt practices by illegally transferring government land to a private individual. Karki, who began government service in mid-July 2001, is reported to possess assets totaling Rs 37.7 million and investments amounting to Rs 69.8 million across various sectors as of April 13, 2023, according to CIAA investigations.

The origin of Rs 32.1 million of Karki’s assets remains undisclosed, prompting CIAA to seek the confiscation of unlawfully acquired properties equivalent to this undisclosed amount.

Additionally, CIAA has raised suspicions regarding land holdings under the name of Karki’s daughter, Grishma Karki, believed to have been acquired through similar irregular means. Consequently, Karki’s wife, Dewaka Adhikari, has been named as a defendant in the case.