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NC leader guilty of corruption

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
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In yet another milestone verdict against corruption, Nepal’s Supreme Court has sent a prominent leader from the country’s oldest party Nepali Congress behind the bars. Khum Bahadur Khadka has been convicted to 1.5 years of rigorous imprisonment and fined 9.4 million rupees.

Khadka assumed the charge of different ministries, including home and local development in the post-1990 period. He is the fourth politician to be convicted in the corruption case. Chiranjivi Wagle, JP Gupta and Govinda Raj Joshi were all convicted by the court on the similar charges. All four politicians headed high profile ministries during the previous Nepali Congress governments, although Gupta left the party in 2007 to join Madhesi Janadhikar Forum.

A division bench of SC Justices Kalyan Shrestha and Baidya Nath Upadhyay found Khadka guilty of abusing public position to illegally amass property worth 23 million rupees. Surprisingly, Khadka was given a clean chit on same charges by Special Court in 2006. The case was reopened after the country’s anti-graft body moved the apex court in March 2007 challenging the verdict, but the hearing was put off many times.

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