Lawmakers criticise Pandey’s amnesty

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 1, 2015-

Lawmakers have criticised the government’s decision to pardon Pradeep Jung Pandey, former president of the Federation of Nepali Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who was convicted on corruption charges.

Addressing a Parliament session on Friday, Constituent Assembly members said that the image of Nepal, which has already been tarnished as one of the most corrupt nations in the world, was further deteriorated by the amnesty. They also demanded that the government duly rectify its decision to excuse Pandey.

The former FNCCI president and 20 other individuals were pardoned by President Ram Baran Yadav on the recommendation of the Cabinet recently. On Thursday, the Supreme Court had also instructed the government and the President’s Office to furnish written clarifications over the decision.

A petition challenging Pandey’s amnesty has also been filed in the apex court. A single bench of Justice Govinda Kumar Upadhyaya has ordered the court administration to give priority to the petition.

In June 1982, the Patan Court had sentenced Pandey to three years in prison and

a fine of Rs 5,000 after finding him guilty of financial irregularities while working as accountant at the state-owned Water Supply Cooperation.

Published: 02-08-2015 08:34

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