Nepal | August 04, 2020

Subversion case filed against match-fixing accused footballers

• Life imprisonment sought for five players accused of match-fixing • Defendants produced in eleventh hour

Mahesh Acharya
Share Now:
Special Court. Photo:Udipt Singh Chhetry/ THT

Special Court. Photo:Udipt Singh Chhetry/ THT

KATHMANDU: Police presented five footballers who face treason charges for alleged match-fixing in international games that Nepal played have been presented before the Special Court in the Capital on Sunday.

Police filed a subversion (“rastra biplav“) case against them, as per Section 3.3.1 of the Crime against State and Punishment Act, 1989.

The Section says, “If someone causes or attempts to cause any disorder with an intention to jeopardise sovereignty, integrity or national unity of Nepal, he/she shall be liable for life imprisonment.”

The Court had extended the judicial remand of suspended skipper of Nepal’s national team Sagar Thapa, his deputy Sandip Rai, goalkeeper Ritesh Thapa, and former defenders Bikash Singh Chhetri and Anjan KC on November 1 till yesterday.

The footballers were arrested from different parts of the Kathmandu Valley on October 14 before the Dashain vacation and presented before the Special Court on October 27.

After their arrest, ANFA suspended the footballers from all football-related activities until the full investigation. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) also followed the suit and provisionally suspended the footballers for 30 days. The AFC further wrote to FIFA seeking worldwide ban on them.

Meanwhile, the Court ordered police to present the accused at 10 am on Monday as the proceedings could not be held today for lack of time.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

In Pictures: Silent Kumbheshwor mela on Janai Purnima

Lalitpur, August 03 The natural spring at the Kumbheshwor temple complex is believed to have originated from Gosaikunda Lake in Rasuwa district. It is also believed that taking a dip in the pond during Janai Purnima is same as doing so in Gosainkunda. On the occasion of Kumbeshwor Mela or Janai P Read More...

Resurgence of Covid-19 cases in Nepal as 418 new cases surface on Monday, tally reaches 20,750

KATHMANDU: As many as 418 new coronavirus infection cases have surfaced on Monday, taking the nationwide count to 20,750. The new infections were confirmed after testing 7,637 specimens through PCR method across the nation in the last 24 hours. As of today, 398,907 PCR tests have been carried out Read More...

Enough is Enough campaigner Iih hospitalised following health issues

KATHMANDU: Social activist and initiator of ‘Enough is Enough’ campaign, Iih, 26, who has been on fast-unto-feath satyagraha at Basantapur for 17 days, has been admitted to a hospital. Iih was taken to HAMS Hospital today after his health started deteriorating owing to over two-week-long stri Read More...

Over 116 villages at risk of being swept away by landslides in Bajura

BAJURA: More than 116 villages are at the risk of being swept away by landslides triggered by incessant rain in Bajura district. According to Bajura District Administration Office, the villages located in nine local levels of the district face imminent risk of landslides. Disaster Preparedness Read More...

India refutes reports on prohibition of Nepalis' 'illegal' entry to Kalapani, Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura and Gunji

KATHMANDU: Indian authorities in Uttarakhand have rejected the reports on India's correspondence with Nepal's Darchula District Administration Office seeking prohibition on entry of Nepalis to Kalapani, Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Gunji. Indian side Dharchula's Sub-District Magistrate Anil Kumar S Read More...

Nepal COVID-19 Update: 418 new cases, 358 recoveries recorded Monday

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s Health Ministry, in its regular press briefing, shared the latest updates on the coronavirus contagion from across the country, and government’s response to the health crisis. As of today, 398,907 tests through Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) method have been carried ou Read More...

Bodies of eight missing in Sindhupalchok landslide recovered

SINDHUPALCHOWK: Bodies of all eight people who had gone missing in a landslide that occurred in Melamchi Municipality of Sindhupalchok district on Sunday night have been recovered today. Police Inspector Phal Bahadur Tamang at Meamchi-based Area Police Office said that seven of the deceased were Read More...

Kathmandu Valley on Dipawali Laxmi Puja from Swayambhunath

Steady rise in COVID-19 cases in Kathmandu valley, 51 infections reported today

KATHMANDU: As many as 51 new cases of the coronavirus infection have been reported in Kathmandu valley on Monday, as per the information provided by the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) in its daily media briefing. Among the 51 cases, 43 hail from Kathmandu while five cases of transmissio Read More...