Pappu construction under CIAA net, MP Rauniyar suspended
The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has finally filed a case against the owner and chair of the controversial Pappu Construction Company, including lawmaker Hari Narayan Prasad Sah Rauniyar. The construction company has earned bad name for low quality works over the years. The CIAA filed a case against 12 individuals, including lawmaker Rauniyar and government officials, for their alleged involvement in building a substandard bridge over the Babai River in Jabdighat of Bardiya district. With a corruption case filed against him at the Special Court in Kathmandu, Rauniyar’s membership of the Federal Parliament has been suspended. He was elected from Parsa district-3 in the House of Representatives. He is from the Federal Socialist Forum Nepal. The bridge connecting the district headquarters Gulariya and Barbardiya Municipality collapsed immediately after its completion even before it was officially handed over to the Department of Roads (DoR). The anti-graft body had filed the corruption case after investigating compliant that the contractors and concerned government authorities colluded to use substandard materials, and the bridge was tilted even while it was under construction.
Rauniyar’s son and Chairman of the company Sumit Rauniyar, Chiefs of Division Road Office during the bridge construction period BhanuYadav, Rajesh Kumar Yadav and Manoj Shrestha, officiating chiefs of the office Nawa Raj K. C., engineers Dipendra Bahadur Bista, Prem Prasad Chuwai and Hari Bahadur Bista, sub-engineers Karma Tenzing Tamang, and Govinda Gaire, and owner of Everest Engineering Consultant Krishna Dev Yadav also faced the CIAA case .