SC holding full bench hearing on Lauda scam

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court is holding a full bench hearing on the case relating to the renting of the Lauda airplane again.

The division bench of Justice Ishwor Prasad Khatiwada and Sharada Prasad Ghimire issued an order on Wednesday that a full bench hearing was needed on the case of Lauda scam, informed SC spokesperson Mahendra Upadhyay.

The full bench hearing was waged finally after the Justice duo's view contradicted in the final stage of delivering the verdict.

Justice Khatiwada was of the view of revoking the Special Court's decision which had acquitted the accused in the Lauda scam, while Justice Ghimire stood for upholding the decision.

In 2007, the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority had filed a corruption case at the Special Court against the then Chairman of Nepal Airlines Corporation, Hari Bhakta Shrestha, Tourism Minister Tarani Datt Chataut, management committee members Tirtha Lal Shrestha, Siddharaj Joshi, and Gaurinath Sharma, marketing director Ramraj Upadhyay, finance director Upendra Upadhyay and director of the corporate department Pushkar Prasad Wagle.

The CIAA had made two officials of the Lauda Air also as the defendants, seeking Rs 389 million as the amount equivalent to the embezzlement.

The Special Court had acquitted the accused ones reasoning lack of proofs.

The CIAA, however, moved the Supreme Court after receiving the full document of the Special Court's decision, demanding action against all accused in the case.