Disproportionate assets case filed against Sah

Kathmandu, April 2

Department of Money Laundering Investigation has filed a case of disproportionate assets against former lawmaker Sanjay Kumar Sah and 12 other family members and friends.

In the charge sheet DMLI has accused Sah of running a criminal gang and extorting money from ordinary citizens and trying to launder the proceeds of crime.

Among other defendants are Sah’s brother Ram Kumar, wife Rangila, mother Dulari Devi, father Sadhu Sah Sudi, Sister Babita Panjiyar and two juvenile sons.

Other defendants include his friends Manoj Kumar Singh, Nilam Singh, Om Prakash Yadav, Ram Milan Raut Kurmi and Sujit Kumar Pandey.

According to Spokesperson for the Special Court Nagendra Kesari Pokharel DMLI accused former lawmaker Sah of amassing disproportionate assets worth Rs 320.4 million. Sah who had won the first-past-the-post parliamentary election from a Dhanusha constituency in the second Constituent Assembly election, is currently in judicial custody facing murder charges. He has been accused of masterminding the Janakpur bomb blast that killed five people and injured 32 in 2012.

He was arrested in May 2014. DMLI has accused Sah’s wife Rangila of amassing disproportionate assets worth Rs 70.66 million. His two juvenile sons were named defendants as Sah had bought two land plots in their names in Lalitpur.

DMLI has accused Sah’s father Sadhu Sah Sudi of amassing disproportionate assets worth Rs 90.17 million, Dulari Devi has been charged with amassing Rs 30.51 million and Ram Kumar Sah Rs75 million.

DMLI has alleged that Manoj Kumar Singh amassed disproportionate assets worth Rs 10.27 million and  his wife Nilam Singh Rs 8.6 million.

Om Prakash Yadav has been accused of amassing disproportionate assets of Rs one million, Ram Milan Raut Kurmi — 3.1 million. DMLI has alleged that Sujit Kumar Pandey amassed disproportionate assets worth Rs 4.3 million and Babita Panjiyar Rs 4.8 million.

If convicted, former lawmaker Sah will be sentenced to one to five years imprisonment and fine equal to disproportionate assets. DMLI has demanded confiscation of defendants’ ‘disproportionate assets, besides seeking to penalise them for their alleged crimes.

DMLI has filed disproportionate assets cases against the defendants under various sections of Money Laundering Prevent Act, 2008.