HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) today filed an appeal at the Supreme Court challenging the February 14 decision of Special Court that sentenced three ex IGPs and gave clean chits to 33 police officials.
CIAA Acting Secretary Rajendra Pokhrel has filed the appeal.
The Special Court had convicted former IGPs Ramesh Chand Thakuri, Om Bikram Rana and Hem Bahadur Gurung and sentenced them to two-year jail terms for their role in purchase of sub-standard Armoured Personnel Carriers for the peacekeeping mission of Nepal Police in Darfur, Sudan.
The bench also slapped two-year jail sentence on London-based supplier Assured Risk Limited and one-year jail sentence on its local agent Shambhu Bharati but acquitted the remaining police officers charge-sheeted by CIAA.
CIAA claimed the acquittal of 33 officials was illegal and the Supreme Court needed to review the verdict. In the appeal, the anti graft body stated that the officials had played some role one way or another and some of them had released the budget and some others had taken the decision. Therefore, they should not have clean chit but they were supposed to be convicted.