Kanak Mani Dixit, a senior Nepalese journalist and civil society leader, has filed a law suit against both the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority and its Chief Commissioner Lokman Singh Karki.
His response to media queries suggest the ex-UN employee believes the Commission has abused its own authority by summoning him without any complaints or accusations made against him.
Mr Dixit, who is the publisher of Himal Khabarpatrika and chairman of cooperative public transport organisation Sajha Yatayat, was recently summoned (along with 28 others including former government ministers) by the anti-corruption body on suspicion of making illicit and unexplained financial gains through misuse of official positions.
He told local media that he lodged the writ petition CIAA’s action was in violation of the existing ‘law and process’. He reported at the Commission last Thursday on the basis of a letter which instructed him to present himself at the constitutional body’s office in Kathmandu. “When asked about the reason of the summon, they asked to furnish details of my wealth, I have lodged the legal case at the Supreme Court claiming that system and process are not lawful,” vernacular digital media Setopati quoted him as saying.
Arguing that the Commission summoned him for suspected corruption without any complaints or accusations against him, Mr Dixit said he was ready to furnish a full disclosure of his wealth and property if the anti-graft government body approached him the legal and right way.