Supreme Court summons govt over Sudan scam

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court (SC) has issued an order in the name of government to appear before the Court for a hearing on the Sudan scam, in which the government has been accused of sending substandard consignments to the Nepal Police team deployed in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the African nation.

A division bench of Justices Govinda Prasad Upadhyay and Sharada Prasad Ghimire asked the government for the same, said Assistant Spokesperson at SC, Bishwaraj Paudel on Sunday.

Although the Special Court had found the accused of the scam guilty on February 13, 2012, the SC ordered the defendants to appear in the Court, reasoning the case demanded consideration again based on the principle of criminal justice.

The scam involves the embezzlement of money worth millions of rupees while procuring logistics for Nepal Police personnel deployed in Darfur, Sudan.

Bahadur Gurung, Shambhu Bharati, Om Bikram Rana and Ramesh Chand Thakuri had appealed before the SC following the Special Court's verdict.

In repose to the same appeal, the highest court of the country today asked the government to appear in the court to present its views.