Media person Kanak Mani Dixit is in news once again with Nepal’s top anti-corruption authority back at his heels.
The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), which was earlier accused of arresting the Himal Southasia publisher without any solid evidence of wrong-doing, appears to have come back better-prepared this time.
The CIAA has claimed Mr Dixit and his family own a number of ill-gotten properties across Kathmandu’s most expensive locations. The anti-graft authority says that the Dixits illegally transferred approximately 2.62 acres of land (18 ropanis per Nepal’s traditional land measurement system) that should actually have gone into the ownership of the Government of Nepal, a media report said today.
The CIAA has apparently directed the Ministry of Land Reforms and Management to initiate the process to reclaim the land and bring it under the government’s ownership.
According to Nepalese language daily Nayapatrika, the Dixit family wrongfully transferred the land which Queen Jagadamba Kumari Devi (who died in 1986) voluntarily declared to be transferred into government ownership in the 1960s. She made the will following a land reform act introduced that year.
Queen Jagadamba, the daughter in law of Prime Minister Chandra Shamsher JBR (prime minister from 1901 to 1929), is remembered for her contribution to Nepal’s literary world by establishing Madan Puraskar in 1955. Given annually, the two hundred thousand rupee award goes to the most acclaimed Nepalese-language book published within a calendar year.
The latest accusation against Kanak Mani Dixit also makes a mention of The Nepali Times editor Kunda Dixit who the Nayapatrika report claimed is attached to a chunk of the so-called ‘ill-gotten’ property. The two Dixits are brothers.
The report further accuses the Dixit family of taking over the properties of Madan Shamsher JBR after he died in Benaras in 1953.