Pramod Nepal, an undersecretary at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism was apprehended with Rs 2.25 million in bribe money.

He is well-known among his colleagues for his academic achievements, including a gold medal.

Acting on a tip, a team from the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority arrested Nepal on Tuesday evening at a hotel in Naxal, Kathmandu. According to the anti-corruption constitutional body, Nepal demanded a bribe for a paragliding license.

Pramod Nepal arrested red-handed

Nepal, a gold medalist in economics from Tribhuvan University, is one of 12 Nepali scholars to receive the prestigious Chevening Scholarship from the British government in 2020. It’s only been eight months since he returned home from Nottingham University and started working again.

While the commission’s team arrested him with Rs 600,000, another 1.65 million was discovered in the government vehicle he was driving.

Nepal was the ministry’s chief of the Aviation Industry and International Relationships Section.

After receiving permission to remand Pramod Nepal, the commission says it will present him before the Special Court on Wednesday and continue its investigation.