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(English) Case filed against Everest cleaning campaigners for irregularities

Waste collected during the Sagarmatha Cleaning Campaign gathered at Namche Bazaar. Photo: File photo
Waste collected during the Sagarmatha Cleaning Campaign gathered at Namche Bazaar. Photo: File photo

KATHMANDU, Nepal – Citing that the Everest cleaning campaigners were involved in financial irregularities, Everest summiteers and stakeholders have jointly filed a case against them at the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA).

The petitioners have complaint lack of transparency in the funds spent in the Sagarmatha (Everest) Cleaning Campaign held in 2011.

The cleaning of waste from the world’s tallest mountain Everest was carried out under the campaign at the joint initiative of Everest Summiteers Association and Eco Himal.

The campaign had received funds from European Union, the Government of Nepal, Nepal Mountaineering Association and other institutions. A total of Rs. 15 million has been collected for the campaign.

Chairperson of the Association Wangchu Sherpa and General Secretary Diwas Pokharel have been charged of spending the amount irregularly, and thereby not maintaining a transparent account of the same.

However, Sherpa said the allegations are baseless. “Its already three years since the campaign was finished and there is no ground of reality in all such blames,” Sherpa told NMF over phone, adding that he has no fear of any punishment as what he performed was in line to the rule of law.

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