HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU:The Supreme Court today ruled out the possibility that it would review its verdict that convicted former minister Khum Bahadur Khaka and slapped a jail term of 18 months, a fine of Rs 9.4 million and confiscation of the same amount.
A three-member full bench comprising Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi and Justices Girish Chandra Lal and Bharat Bahadur Karki ruled out any review of the verdict.
The bench stated that Khadka’s review petition had cited two apex court verdicts based on which he had urged the apex court to review the conviction, but the court said that the verdicts cited were not precedents and there was no need to review the verdict on Khadka.
While turning down the petition for review of the case, the apex court also refused to grant Khadka the facility of being a free man while the case was being reviewed as per Section 194 of the Court Procedure Chapter of Muluki Ain, 1963.
“As there was no ground to review the verdict there was also no ground to grant him the facility to be a free man without completing jail term,” the order stated.
On August 14, a division bench comprising Justices Kalyan Shrestha and Baidhyanath Upadhayay had convicted Khadka for possessing assets disproportionate to his stated source of income.
The bench also stated that he had earned only Rs 8.8 million during the 12-year period (1990 to 2002) when he was in power.