Dr KC supporters document CIAA’s faultsAn alliance supporting Dr Govinda KC has presented parliamentarians with a report that points out 12 misdoings of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority, renewing its call for impeachment of CIAA chief Lokman Singh Karki.
An alliance supporting Dr Govinda KC has presented parliamentarians with a report that points out 12 misdoings of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority, renewing its call for impeachment of CIAA chief Lokman Singh Karki.
In the 30-page report, the ‘Solidarity for Dr KC Alliance’ discusses the CIAA’s interference in the country’s medical and several other sectors and how it misused its authority in favour of a few people.
The memorandum that includes official letters and references to news reports was submitted to Mohan Singh Rathor, president of the Good Governance and Monitoring Committee of Parliament, on Friday.
The first charge against the CIAA is its misuse of authority. It accuses the CIAA of constantly favouring Kist Medical College, Lalitpur, whose promoter is Bal Man Singh Karki, younger brother of the CIAA chief. Also, Dr Rakesh Shriwastav, former dean of the Institute of Medicine, was forced to resign after he did not relent to the CIAA pressure to increase student quota and provide affiliation to medical colleges. Recently, the CIAA went beyond its jurisdiction to conduct the entrance test at the Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences.
The alliance argues that the CIAA has been defaming senior officials revengefully. In many cases, the defendants have already been acquitted by the court.
Although the testaments in the report are based more on news items, said alliance member Dr Jiwan Kshetry, it corroborates the claims of Dr KC, an orthopaedic surgeon at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, who is demanding impeachment of the chief commissioner.
“But the report also makes it clear that the CIAA has been running a parallel state in one way or another,” said Dr Kshetry. “It has worked to weaken state institutions by inciting fear among the officials. And it has been taking advantage of their terror through undue interference.”
Committee Chair Rathor said they would draw the CIAA’s attention to the complaints. “Our committee does not have the right to impeach the CIAA chief. This should be done by Parliament with a two-thirds majority,” said Rathor. “But we will do our best to hold the CIAA accountable.”