Tuesday, July 26, 2005


Deuba, Singh get 2 years jail, Rs 90 million each fine

Kathmandu July 26-Delivering the verdict on the Melamchi case for alleged corruption against former premier and Nepali Congress (Democratic) president Sher Bahadur Deuba and former minister Prakash Man Singh, the Royal Commission for Corruption Control (RCCC) on Tuesday has awarded a jail sentence of two years and a fine of Rs 90 million each.
The RCCC also convicted former secretary Tika Dutta Niraula, executive director of Melamchi Drinking Water Project Dhruba Bahadur Shrestha, deputy executive director of the project Dipak Kumar Jha and contractor Jep Chhring Lama of Lama Constructions of corruption in the drinking water project.
According to the verdict, the commission awarded a jail sentence of two years and a fine of Rs 90 million - 45 million as fine and Rs 45 million as repayment- to Deuba, Singh, Niraula and Shrestha.
The commission moreover slapped one year's jail term, Rs 45 million (fine and repayment) each on Jha and Lama.
A three-member panel comprising RCCC chairman Bhakta Bahadur Koirala, and members Raghu Chandra Bahadur Singh and Haribabu Chaudhary gave the verdict concluding much-awaited hearings on the Melamchi case

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