Kathmandu, July 14
The Special Court has released Nepali Congress leader Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar on bail of Rs 1 million.
Gachhadar is facing a trial for his alleged involvement in the Baluwatar land scam, one of the biggest corruption cases of the country.
On March 6, 2020, the court had issued a summons calling Gachhadar to the court in the next 15 days in connection with his alleged role in the notorious scam. He, however, had refused to receive the summons whereas the police were also saying they could not find his whereabouts.
But, one day after his party boss Sher Bahadur Deuba was sworn in as the prime minister, Gachhadar on Wednesday had gone to the court in response to the summons. Upon his presence, the court heard the case and released him on bail, informs the court’s spokesperson Pushpa Raj Pandey.
On February 5, 2020, the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority, the anti-corruption constitutional body, had indicted the then opposition leader among three former ministers, 57 former or current government officials, and 115 former and current owners and users of the land in one of the biggest corruption cases of the country.
Claiming that Gachhadar incurred a loss of Rs 96.5 million, the commission in its writ petition has demanded that he pay the money and serve a jail sentence for eight to 10 years.