Kathmandu, November 29
In a bid to track irregularities committed during the purchase of land for petroleum storage facilities in various parts of the country, the constitutional anti-corruption body, Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority, has recorded statements of over 180 persons.
A source at the Commission says those summoned for the statements include landowners, middlemen and staff of local governments. Around 150 were landowners.
Earlier, the Commission had held an onsite monitoring of the land in Jhapa, Sarlahi, Chitwan and Rupandehi districts.
Meanwhile, the Commission is also studying documents related to the purchase, the source informs.
Investigations have found that the Commission purchased land directly from the owners somewhere whereas middlemen and contractors were mobilised in the deal in other places.
Likewise, it has also been found that the landowners were found paid less than mentioned in the documents.