The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) has sidestepped a report prepared by a high-level monitoring committee that recommended legal action against the officials of Department of Immigration (DoI) accused in the robbery of Sita, a domestic helper returning from Saudi Arabia.
The report prepared by the committee led by the Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Raju Man Singh Malla, implicates the then Director General (DG) of the Department of Immigration Suresh Adhikari and Director Lekh Raj Pokhrel. Instead of forwarding the independent report to the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), MoHA has forwarded its own report.
Although the report prepared by the independent probe committee was sent to the MoHA almost a month ago, it is yet to suspend the high ranking officials who were implicated in the robbery.
On the other hand, the MoHA report, released by its joint-secretary-led investigation panel on 24 December had shown involvement of two section officers, a senior non-gazetted officer and a police constable in the robbery, but failed to establish the involvement of the DG and director. The two section officers Tika Pokherel and Ram Prasad Koirala were suspended, but haven’t yet been arrested.Go back to previous page