In tha case of Air Cargo Tender : Reward to the Convicted
The members of the Board of Directors of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) have been rewarded by the state for canceling the contract without signing an agreement with the company selected in the contract signed seven years ago for leasing the air cargo complex at Tribhuvan International Airport.
In this case, the Patan High Court had fined the then eight officials for contempt of court and they had apologized to the court and escaped.
Those officials who even apologized for making a mistake have been given the responsibility of important state bodies by giving rewards for promotion instead of action. Some have retired after completing their service.
However, the company selected for the operation of the airport’s cargo complex about seven years ago has not been given the responsibility due to the manipulation of the then minister and staff, which has resulted in the loss of millions of rupees to CAAN.
A global tender was called on 13 January 2071 for the operation of the air cargo complex of the airport. Six companies from Singapore, France, Turkey, and India competed in the tender process.
Among them, Singapore’s Sky Lift Company had won a tender in a joint venture with Nepal’s Complete Contact Company. However, when CAAN canceled the contract, the company could not get the responsibility.
NEA had called for an international contract worth Rs 788.27 Billion. Sky and Nepal Complete JV had offered the highest amount of Rs 997.16 Billion.
Both the financial and technical proposals had been approved for the renewal of all the guarantees including the evaluation of the contract. However, it was decided to cancel the contract on 22 September 2072.
The reward for canceling the contract
The then CPN-UML Tourism Minister Ananda Adhikari, who was involved in the decision to cancel the contract, is currently a member of the state assembly. Similarly, Suresh Acharya, who was the joint secretary of the Ministry of Tourism at that time, is currently the secretary.
Shishir kumar Dhungana, another joint secretary of CAAN’s board of directors at that time, has also become the secretary. The then general manager of the airline corporation Sugat Ratna Kansakar is currently out of office. Similarly, the then Director-General of CAAN Sanjeev Gautam has retired.
“Everyone has repeatedly apologized for serious matters such as contempt of court. He asserted that his confession had been obtained through torture. Gautam has also filed an appeal in the court against the contempt of court, the case of which has been fought by the authority. Rai says that it is wrong for the authority to look into the issue of a person at the expense of the government.
“Even though the authority has used various legal practitioners in the court order, it has been keeping such legal opinions pending if it is not in its favor,” he said. He said that the failure to submit the legal opinion given by Purnaman Shakya to the board of directors was a vivid example of this.
This is the sign of Yeti
The role of the controversial Yeti group has been seen in the cancellation of the contract called for the operation of the air cargo complex. In the contract signed by CAAN, the group had also submitted a tender in a joint venture with an Indian company called Celedi. The group had submitted the tender in the name of its sister organization Harit tara Enterprises.
However, the contract was canceled after Sky won the bet. Yeti had offered much less than the amount specified by the authority. After the group bid only Rs 380 million, the highest bidder was Sky Lift JV. However, after not getting the contract, Yeti managed to use the then Tourism Minister to get the decision to cancel the contract.