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Special Court convicts 6 persons of leaking MBBS question paper

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KATHMANDU — The Special Court has convicted six persons of leaking question papers during an MBBS entrance examination conducted by the Ministry of Education three years ago.

A division bench of Specail Court Chairman Baburam Regmi including members Dwarika Man Joshi and Narayan Prasad Pokhrel on Thursday sentenced the main accused Kumar Kusawaha to four years in prison, and slapped Rs3.4 million in fines, Registrar Bhim Shrestha said.

The bench also awarded two-year prison and Rs1.7 million fine to Maheswor Yadav, one-year prison and Rs900,000 fine to Dharmendra Yadav, nine-month prison and Rs505,000 fine to Deviram Pandey, 45-day prison and Rs2,500 fine to Khecharnath Sapkota aka Harihar and one-year jail and Rs502,000 fine to Jiwach Kumar Yadav.

The bench,however, gave clean chits to two other people accused in the case. Shaif Akhter and Ghanendra Prasad Sangraula have been cleared of the charges.

Of those sentenced by the court, Deviram Pandey is an investor and the director of Goldengate while Harihar is a teacher at the college.

The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA),in 2014, had arrested the accused with a 10-page test paper for MBBS biology from Goldengate College, Battisputali.

The CIAA had arrested the eight individuals on the charge of leaking the question papers of MBBS scholarship examination conducted by the ministry.

The accused were caught from Ratopul, Gaushala, while receiving money from students on the promise of giving them the test paper.

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NC leader Regmi passes away

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KATHMANDU— Nepali Congress leader Keshab Regmi, who contributed to restoring democracy in 1990, has passed away on Thursday night.

Regmi, who was suffering from respiratory problems for long, died at his residence in Gongabu in Kathmandu. Regmi, who also served as secretary of NC, Kaski, played an important role in establishing Nepal Students’ Union, the student wing of the NC.

He was also sent to jail five times for fighting to restore democracy. He is survived by two wives.

His last rites were conducted at Pashupati Aryaghat today itself. People from various walks of life and NC leaders attended his funeral rite.

On the occasion, NC President and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel and General Secretary Dr Shashanka Koirala paid tribute to Regmi by draping his body in the party flag.

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