NC leader Khadka makes political charged statement as he goes to jail

Former minister and Nepali Congress leader Khum Bahadur Khadka was sent to jail on Wednesday, nine days after he was convicted of corruption.

Khadka was sent to Dillibazaar prison after he appeared at the court voluntarily. Speaking to reporters before being sent to jail, Khadka insisted that the court verdict was part of a ploy “to finish my political life”. He said, “This is a conspiracy to prevent me from contesting the upcoming election.”

“Jail is not a new place for me. It’s a holy place for me,” Khadka said referring to his imprisonment during Panchayat regime. He insisted that was victimised.

“The two judges [Kalyan Shrestha and Baidyanath Upadhyay] announced a politically biased decision. I’ve have come to the court voluntarily by respecting the Supreme Court’s verdict,” he said.

The Supreme Court had on August 14 slapped one-and-half year prison sentence along with a fine of Rs 94.7 million for corruption during his multiple ministerial stints.

Khadka is entitled to 20 percent rebate in his sentence for presenting himself before the court by accepting the verdict. He will spend a total of 14 months and nine days in prison. He deposited Rs 7.578 million fine, after the discount, today itself. nepalnews.com

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