Promoter of B&C Medical College Durga Prasai has claimed that Vice-chairman of the Medical Education Commission Sri Krishna Giri asked Rs 200 million in bribe to start affiliation process for his medical college. Giri refuted the allegations.
Prasai, who had reached the commission on December 1 with an application for affiliation, claimed that Giri called him in the evening at Dwarika's Hotel and asked for bribe. "I said I cannot give when he demanded Rs 200 million," Prasai stated organizing a press conference in Baneshwore on Wednesday. "Rs 2-2.50 million or even Rs 10 million would have been appropriate."
He accused that Giri refused to even register the application after his refusal to pay the bribe. "He pointed how he got appointed to the commission and added he also is squeezed," Prasai relayed the conversation. "He said Rs 20 million when I asked how much. Can anyone run a medical college by paying Rs 200 million for affiliation alone?"
He argued that nobody in the world can show evidence of someone asking for bribe when he was asked if he has anything to prove his allegations. "It will all be clear if you keep me and Giri sir together," he challenged.
Giri confirmed that Prasai had come with application but refuted the allegations of bribe and stated that allegations should be made only with evidence. "He had come. One cannot initiate affiliation process merely after someone comes with a direct application," Giri pointed. "The application was not registered asking him to bring all original documents as required by the Medical Education Act."
Prasai is close to CPN Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal while Giri is close to Education Minister Giriraj Mani Pokharel who comes from the erstwhile Maoist party headed by Dahal.
Prasai raised questions about refusal to register his application. "Which clause of any Nepali law obstructs affiliation of B&C?" he asked. "How can a responsible person like executive vice-chairman of the commission whimsically say that affiliation process of B&C should not even start?"
Published Date: Wednesday, Poush 23, 2076, 14:11:00