Special Court gives clean chit to five match-fixing accused including Sagar Thapa

Published On: June 7, 2018 03:26 PM NPT

KATHMANDU, Jun 7: Special Court on Thursday gave a clean chit to five individuals including former captain of national football team Sagar Thapa. Thapa had been implicated in match-fixing.

Hearing the case on Thursday, a bench of judges Baburam Regmi, Pramod Kumar Baidya and Narayan Prasad Pokharel acquitted Sagar Thapa, Sandip Rai, Ritesh Thapa, Anjan KC, Bikash Singh Kshetri, and team physiotherapist Dejiv Thapa of match-fixing. 

On October 14, 2015, Sagar his four associates were arrested for match fixing. The case was filed against them for conspiring against the state. They, however, were released on bail on November 10 last year.  Anjan and Ritesh paid Rs 500,000, Sagar paid Rs 150,000, and the rest paid Rs 50,000, respectively in bail.   

The accused admitted their involvement in match fixing of international football matches since 2008 to the police officials. However, they had refuted the indictment made against them in the court.

With the allegations leveled against them for match-fixing, the FIFA had banned them from taking part in the international football matches.


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