The amendment bill about expanding jurisdiction of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has been removed from schedule of National Assembly for Tuesday.
The bill was scheduled to be passed today but National Assembly Chairperson Ganesh Prasad Timalsina has removed the issue from the schedule after the main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) sought two days for discussion.
"It has been removed from the schedule when additional times has been sought as Chairman wishes it to proceed in consensus," Secretary with the National Assembly Rajendra Phuyal told Setopati.
The bill for amendment of CIAA Act proposes that the CIAA can monitor the private sector and the banking sector inviting widespread criticism from the private sector and entrepreneurs. They have been protesting against expansion of jurisdiction of the CIAA pointing that bodies like Department of Revenue Investigation and the Department of Money Laundering Investigation are already in place to investigate the private sector.
The bill includes even banks, educational institutions, insurance companies and medical colleges in its definition of public institutions.
The bill also paves the way for CIAA investigation on any publicly listed company after the government issues notice in the Nepal Gazette.
The Legislative Management Committee of National Assembly had unanimously passed the bill.
The bill for amendment of the Prevention of Corruption Act has also been stopped along with that for the CIAA Act.
Both the bills have same definition for public institutions paving the way for CIAA investigation.
Published Date: Tuesday, Ashar 9, 2077, 12:52:00