Sudan scam convict Bharati gets leave to file review petition

Kathmandu, December 12

The Supreme Court today granted leave to Shambhu Bharati to file a review petition against his conviction in Sudan scam.

Bharati, who was arrested by the police in August, is currently serving his jail sentence.

Bharati, an agent of Assured Risk Company, was found guilty of sending substandard consignments to the Nepal Police team deployed in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan.

The court had slapped Bharati with one-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 142 million.

The scam involved embezzlement of money worth millions of rupees while procuring logistics for the Nepal Police personnel deployed in Darfur, Sudan. During procurement of the goods, Rs 284 million had been misappropriated.

The scam also led to surrender of former inspectors general of the Nepal Police including Shyam Singh Thapa, Om Bikram Rana, Hem Bahadur Gurung and Ramesh Chandra Thakuri,  who were sentenced to prison in 2017 by the Supreme Court for their involvement in embezzlement of the procurement fund.

In February 2012, the Special Court had convicted them of corruption along with the Armed Personnel Carrier suppliers.