Final verdict on 2015 Nepal football match-fixing: Apex court acquits all

File: Sagar Thapa

Kathmandu, June 16

The Supreme Court on Tuesday has acquitted six footballers who had been accused of match-fixing in Nepal’s international games.

Those receiving the acquittal include the then captain of the national team, Sagar Thapa; his deputy Sandeep Rai; footballers Ritesh Thapa, and Bikas Singh Chhetri; and ex-footballers Anjan KC and David Thapa.

A division bench of justices Ananda Mohan Bhattarai and Bam Kumar Shrestha acquitted them.

The Special Court had proved them innocent in June 2018, but the government had moved the apex court against the verdict. However, it lost the case today.

The footballers were arrested on the charge in October 2015. Following that, they were suspended from all football activities.

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