By a Staff Reporter
Kathmandu – The Special Court has found former national football captain Hari Khadka guilty in a corruption case. The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) had filed a charge-sheet against Khadka accusing him of presenting a fake certificate to get enlisted in the police force.
“The Special Court has found Hari Khadka guilty of the charges filed by CIAA,” said Dpiendra Nath Yogi, spokesperson of the court, adding, “Khadka had appeared before the court. After going through the certificate, the court issued the final verdict as additional investigation was not required.”
According to Yogi, Hari Khadka has been slapped a fine of Rs 5000.
The CIAA had filed a graft case against Khadka on January 26. A division bench of Special Court Judges Abdul Aziz Musalman and NItyananda Pandey issued the guilty verdict on Thursday. The court issued the final verdict after the first hearing.
The anti-graft body filed the charge-sheet at the Special Court accusing Khadka of causing harm to the government intentionally and making personal gain by submitting fake certificate which falls under the Corruption Prevention Act.
The charge-sheet filed by CIAA states that the anti-graft body started investigation after receiving complaint that Khadka submitted fake educational certificate while applying for the post of police officer. Upon investigation, CIAA found the certificate to be fake, reads the charge-sheet.
The CIAA stated that Khadka was selected as an Assistant Inspector of Police on October 18, 1998 through competition on the basis of the same certificate.
Khadka was accused of submitting a fake certificate bearing the stamp of Secondary Education Council, Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh state government of India.
Khadka is one of the two footballers to score the maximum 13 goals for the national team of Nepal. He is currently the chief of the women’s department of All Nepal Football Association.
Nepal Police Club had won the Martyrs Memorial A Division League under the captaincy of Khadka in 2063 BS. He was adjudged the best player of the league the following year.