Nepal | July 15, 2020

Sudan scam guilty Shambhu Bharati out on Rs 142 million bail

Ram Kumar Kamat
Share Now:

Kathmandu, January 5

Sudan scam convict Shambhu Bharati, who had been lodged in Dillibazar prison since August 30, walked out of jail today after posting a bail of Rs 142 million.

The Supreme Court had, on December 12, granted leave to Bharati to file a review petition against his conviction in the Sudan scam. After getting out on bail, Bharati can contest his case without having to go to jail.

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

Joint Registrar of the SC Netra Prakash Acharya told THT that Bharati was allowed to post bail as he was granted leave from the apex court for filing a review petition against his conviction.

Acharya said a seven-judge full bench of the SC had also set a precedent whereby a litigant could post bail in higher tier of the court if he was allowed by a lower court to post bail earlier.

Acharya said that Bharati’s review petition was treated as an appeal and hence he was allowed to post a bail.

Former Attorney General Raman Kumar Shrestha also said that Bharati was allowed to post a bail as he was granted leave by the SC to file a review petition against his conviction. “A person who has been granted leave for filing review petition is allowed to post bail because his/her review petition is converted into an appeal,” he said and added that Bharati had posted bail also in the Special Court and the Supreme Court.

Earlier in July 2019, former inspector general of police Ramesh Chandra Thakuri, another convict in the Sudan scam, had filed a petition seeking leave for filing review petition against his conviction, but the SC refused to grant him leave for the same.

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

The scam involved embezzlement running into millions of rupees while procuring logistics for Nepal Police personnel deployed in Darfur, Sudan. During procurement of goods, Rs 284 million was misappropriated.

The scam also led to surrender of former inspectors general of Nepal Police 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 the embezzlement of the procurement fund.  In February 2012, the Special Court had convicted the IGPs and Armed Personnel Carrier suppliers of corruption.

 


A version of this article appears in print on January 06, 2020 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Surya Nepal donates Rs 10mln to COVID-19 fund

POKHARA: Surya Nepal Pvt Ltd has contributed ten million rupees to COVID-19 fund set up by Gandaki Province, on Tuesday. On behalf of Surya Nepal Pvt Ltd, Gautam Yadav and Baburam Karki handed over the cheque amount to Chief Minister Prithvi Subba Gurung. "This support has boosted our morale i Read More...

162 infected with coronavirus in Tanahun district

DAMAULI: As many as 162 persons have been infected with coronavirus in Tanahun district, so far. According to the District Health Office, 144 males and 18 females staying under quarantine upon arrival from foreign countries tested positive for the virus. DHO Chief Shankar Babu Adhikari said, Read More...

Chelsea win to boost Champions League chances

LONDON: An underwhelming Chelsea boosted their chances of a spot in next season’s Champions League, overcoming a slow start to beat relegated Norwich City 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Olivier Giroud scored with virtually the last touch of the first half as Chelsea consolidate Read More...

Melamchi tunnel bursts, two swept away

KATHMANDU, JULY 14 An engineer and a driver working for Melamchi Drinking Water Project have gone missing after the gate of the audit tunnel at Aambathan gave in to the pressure of water inside the tunnel this afternoon, sweeping away the duo along with the vehicle. Engineer Satish Goit of Dha Read More...

FNCCI

FNCCI asks ‘capable’ borrowers to clear dues

KATHMANDU, JULY 14 The Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) today appealed to industrialists and business people to clear bank dues if they are in a position to do so. Issuing a notice today, the umbrella organisation representing the private sector stated that the Read More...

FNJ objects to Public Service Broadcasting Bill

Kathmandu, July 14 The Federation of Nepali Journalists has taken a serious objection to the Public Service Broadcasting Bill, recently registered by Ministry of Communication and Information Technology in the National Assembly. Issuing a press release, the umbrella organisation of journalists Read More...

Singh Durbar

New rules to regulate honours, awards

Titles, medals unlikely for over 202 persons at a time  KATHMANDU, JULY 14 The government has amended the Decorations Rules-2008 in a bid to free it from controversy while conferring honours, titles and medals to various persons. The new provisions have come into effect after its publication Read More...

Trump ends Hong Kong preferential status, citing 'oppressive' Beijing actions against city

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered an end to Hong Kong's special status under US law to punish China for what he called "oppressive actions" against the former British colony. Citing China's decision to enact a new national security law for Hong Kong, Trump signed an exe Read More...