Ex Minister slapped 18 months jail term and Rs 21.64 million fine for corruption

KATHMANDU: The Special Court has sentenced former Minister and Nepali Congress leader Govinda Raj Joshi to 18 months in jail and fined him Rs. 21.64 million after finding him guilty of amassing property illegally while holding various public posts.

The verdict was announced on Wednesday by a three-member bench of the Court Chairman Gauri Bahadur Karki and members Om Prakash Mishra and Kedar Prasad Chalise.

The former Minister was found guilty as per the Corruption Control Act, 2059 B.S. after no legal sources of income were found for the amount of Rs. 21.64 million earned made by Mr Joshi while he held the post of Ministers several times in the NC-led Government.

The Court has also sentenced Basudev Pant to six months in prison and fined him Rs. 6.55 million for working as an accomplice to hide the illegally amassed property of the former Minister.

The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) had in 2004 filed a graft case against former Minister Joshi charging him of amassing property worth Rs. 40 million disproportionate to his income.
Joshi is the third former Minister to be sent to jail on graft charges. Prior to this former Ministers Chiranjibi Wagle and Minister Jaya Prakash Gupta were sentenced to jail on similar offense. Gupta was a sitting minister when he was found guilty of corruption committed during his previous stints as a Minister. RSS

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