Special Court acquits Maoist lawmaker Lharkyal Lama in graft case

KATHMANDU: The Special Court on Tuesday acquitted Lharkyal Lama, a Maoist lawmaker who was suspended by the Parliament after the anti-graft constitution body indicted him of amassing properties by misusing his post and power in May.

A three-member bench of the Special Court issued a verdict in the case, observing that the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) could not forge enough evidences to establish that Lama earned the properties in question through illegal means, the Rastriya Samachar Samiti reported.

The bench comprised of the Special Court chairman, Mohan Raman Bhattarai, and members Prabha Basnet and Mahesh Pudasaini.

The CIAA had filed the graft case against Lama at the Special Court with a claim that properties worth Rs 100 million out of his Rs 300 million fortune was not on a par with his legal source of income.