KATHMANDU, Nov 28: The Special Court on Monday released Tikaram Adhikari, a former accountant at the Department of Transportation Management, Koshi (DoTMK) after he deposited the bail of Rs 5 million as sought by the court.
“He has been released after depositing the bail amount,” Bhim Kumar Shrestha, spokesperson at the Special Court, told Republica. Adhikari is one of the nine accused who has been facing charges of misusing Rs 570 million budget of the DoTMK.
Adhikari had to spend a day in prison as he initially failed to deposit the bail amount set by a three-member bench of judges Baburam Regmi, Chandi Raj Dhakal and Narayan Prasad Pokhrel.
On Sunday, he was sent to Dillibazar prison but was released a day later, after depositing the bail.
The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) had filed a corruption case against Adhikari and the other accused charging them of embezzling Rs 570 million revenue of the DoTMK five months ago. Cases against the other accused are ongoing on the court.
The anti-graft body had also charged under secretaries Ramesh Prasad Dahal, Bishnu Prasad Paudel and Jaya Raj Nepal accusing them of being involved in the scam. The anti-graft body had sought court order to recoup Rs 123 million from Dahal, Rs 237 million from Paudel and Rs 251 million from Nepal.
Similarly, the anti-graft body also accused account officer Kumar Bahadur Katuwal, and other staffers Suresh Adhikari and Devraj Nepal. CIAA has sought confiscation of the amount they misused and imposition of equal amount of fine that they embezzled.