The District Attorney’s Office in Kathmandu has officially filed a lawsuit against a total of 290 individuals at the District Court, Kathmandu, in connection with the sprawling Lalita Niwas land scam. The case primarily centers around allegations of document forgery and irregularities in the transfer of land ownership.
The legal action has been prompted by the findings and recommendations provided by the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police. Among the accused individuals, 52 have been implicated for their role in unlawfully seizing public land.
The charges brought against those involved vary according to their degree of participation in the forgery of official documents. Common citizens implicated in the document forgery are facing allegations that could lead to a potential one-year imprisonment. On the other hand, government officials and ministers accused of being complicit in the scheme face more severe repercussions with a potential two-year imprisonment.
The fraudulent activity that took place involved the manipulation of official documents and forgery, which ultimately led to the unlawful transfer of approximately 143 ropanies of public land into the hands of private individuals. The organized nature of this fraudulent land grab has been emphasized by the CIB, which had previously recommended the initiation of legal proceedings against 286 individuals connected to the case.
The Lalita Niwas land scam, a case that has drawn significant attention due to its magnitude and impact on public assets, serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining the integrity of official documents and safeguarding public property. As legal proceedings unfold, the District Court will play a pivotal role in determining the accountability of the accused individuals in relation to this extensive land scam.