Former lawmaker gets jail in decade-old bribery case

Published On: July 3, 2019 05:00 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, July 3: The Supreme Court on Tuesday convicted former CPN-UML lawmaker DB Karki for taking bribe a decade ago. The apex court has slapped a six-month imprisonment on Karki.

Karki and his aide Brahmananda Udasin had taken a total of Rs 405,000 in installments from a youth by promising him a police inspector job.

A division bench of justices Deepak Kumar Karki and Kumar Regmi on Tuesday convicted former lawmaker Karki and Udasin of bribery, upholding a lower court's decision.

In September 2010, the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) had filed a case at the Special Court against Karki and his aide Udasin -- also known as Swami 1008 Brahmananda Udasin -- charging them with bribery.

The CIAA, in its charge sheet, had sought recovery of the bribe money Rs 405,000 from Karki and Udasin. The Special Court had found both of them guilty of the crime.

The CIAA had charged Udasin under the Anti-Corruption Act, accusing him of supporting Karki in accepting the bribe. Those abetting anybody in corruption are regarded as accomplices and have to face legal action along with the main offender.

Acting on a tip-off, a team from the CIAA had arrested Karki and Udasin red-handed in August 2010 from a rented room at Bhimsengola, Kathmandu while they were accepting Rs 100,000 from the youth. They were arrested and later released on bail.

After their conviction by the Special Court, they had appealed the verdict at the Supreme Court. The apex court has ordered recovery of the bribe of Rs 100,000 from Udasin.

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