HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court today directed the Special Court to reopen a corruption case against a former secretary at the Home Ministry stating that the previous verdict on the case was erroneous.
A division bench of Justices Kalyan Shrestha and Baidhya Nath Upadhayay issued the order to send back Padam Prasad Pokhrel’s case to the Special Court.
Stating that the Special Court’s June 7, 2007 verdict to acquit Pokhrel was replete with errors, the bench directed that the court again hear the case and test legality of his income. The bench raised a question on the verdict issued by judges Bhoopdhoj Adhikary, Komal Nath Sharma and Cholendra SJB Rana to quash the case citing expiry of statute of limitation. Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority had indicted Pokhrel five years after his retirement on November 25, 2003. It had demanded the former bureaucrat be handed five years of prison term for illegally accumulating Rs 15.5 million. After the Special Court acquitted Pokhrel, the CIAA filed an appeal in the apex court in 2007.