Government attorney office returns probe report on Lalita Niwas land grab scam to CIB

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Kathmandu: The government attorney office has returned a probe report on Lalita Niwas land grab scam to the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) citing it to be incomplete.

Chief of district government attorney office Ganga Prasad Poudel said that the report was returned asking for a further investigation stating that some claims can’t be established if a case is filed based on the report.

CIB had recently submitted the report and all necessary files after completing a two-year-long investigation into the much-talked-about case. A team led by DSP at CIB had conducted an investigation into the scam.

It was revealed through the investigation that the government land was converted to individual ownership in four phases. According to a CIB investigation officer, it was found that the land was transferred in 2049 BS, 2062 BS, 2067 BS, and 2069 BS in the names of individuals and guthi (social trust).

Earlier, CIB had arrested two persons charge-sheeted as the main accused in the land grab case. Kathmandu District Court has issued arrest warrants against 210 people allegedly involved in the case.

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on February 5 had filed a case against 110 people including former Deputy Prime Minister Bijay Kumar Gachhadar in the controversial land scam while 65 persons and organizations were named defendants to regain the land. They have been accused of transferring the public land into individual ownership. Gachhadar is currently out on a bail.