8-yr-old Lauda Air case deferred again; verdict today

Kathmandu, August 2:

The Special Court today put off the pronouncement of its verdict on the eight-year-old Lauda Air lease case for tomorrow. The court was supposed to issue its verdict today.

As the judges could not wrap up their consultations today, a three-member panel of judges’ comprising Bhoopdhoj Adhikary, Komal Nath Sharma and Cholendra SJB Rana rescheduled the pronouncement of the verdict for tomorrow.

In the case, the anti-corruption watchdog had accused defendants of amassing Rs 389 million due to the 18-month lease of an airbus of Vienna-based Lauda Airlines. This is the fourth time that the pronouncement of the verdict in the case has been put off. On July 30, the bench had said it will issue the verdict today.

The CIAA had filed the case against the then Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Tarani Dutta Chataut and board members of the then Royal Nepal Airlines Corporation Hiri Bhakta Shrestha, Tirtha Lal Shrestha, Gauri Nath Sharma and Raja Ram Upadhyaya.