The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) is preparing to file corruption against the then acting CEO of NTB Subash Nirola after confirming his involvement in misappropriation of millions of rupees in NTB.
CIAA has directed the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) to suspend Nirola from the post after finding his involvement in embezzlement of more than Rs 50 million in the name of tourism promotion.
On October 30, MoCTCA suspended Nirola until January-end as per the direction of the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC). PAC took the decision after studying report prepared by a committee led by joint secretary Purna Chandra Bhattarai.
MoCTCA had formed probe committee under Bhattarai after tourism entrepreneurs, at the call of Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JUTCC), bivouacked in NTB premises for nearly two months, barring Nirola from the office. The protest had affected tourism promotional activities of NTB.
CIAA has also directed the tourism ministry to produce Nirola before CIAA for interrogation. It plans to charge-sheet Nirola in the court after interrogating him. “The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has been hereby directed to suspend and present Nirola before the CIAA as retaining him to the post could result in loss and destruction of evidences,” CIAA said in a statement.
According to the probe report, Nirola had coerced the executive committee of NTB to amend its financial by-laws which authorized him to award contracts sans competitive, bypassing the Public Procurement Act. Similarly, it authorized NTB CEO to spend up to Rs 10 million at a time for tourism promotion in Nepal and up to US$ 400,000 in foreign countries.