Controversial CPN (Maoist Center) lawmaker Lama gets clean chit in corruption case

Published On: November 13, 2016 04:35 PM NPT By: Durga Dulal

KATHMANDU, Nov 15: Suspended lawmaker from the CPN (Maoist Center) Lharkyal Lama has got a clean chit from the Special Court in the case filed against him for allegedly amassing huge property through illegal means.

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority had filed the case against Lama at the Special Court on May 12, 2016, accusing him of amassing huge property through illegal means.

A three-member bench of the Special court comprising Chairman Mohan Raman Bhattarai and members Prabha Basnet and Mahesh Prasad Pudasaini acquitted Lama of the charge on Tuesday.

Lama had been arrested in March after the CIAA team found 14 unused bullets and some sharpnel in his bank locker, in the course of investigation. He was later released on bail in the case of illegal possession of arms and ammunition.

The Election Commission had appointed Lama as a Constituent Assembly (CA) member under the proportional representation (PR) quota for the UCPN (Maoist) on February 8, amidst serious dissatisfaction within the party.

Lama was forced to resign from the post of minister of state for finance in the then Jhala Nath Khanal government within a few months of his appointment, after being charged with holding multiple foreign passports and citizenship certificates.

Lama has been accused in the past of possessing an Indian passport under the name of Khempo Tshering, a Tibetan refugee identity card under the name of Lama Chhime Tshering, and citizenship certificates from various districts in Nepal.

He was a member of the first Constituent Assembly from the CPN-UML. Lama is also known for his long association with the Free Tibet Movement.

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