Kathmandu: A senior Madhesi leader and
minister in Nepal`s cabinet was on Tuesday jailed for one-and-a-
half years and fined Rs 8.4 million by the Supreme Court for
amassing property worth Rs 20.8 million through illegal means.
A division bench of Justices Shusila Karki and Tarka Raj
Bhatta handed down the jail term to Minister for Information
and Communications J P Gupta, who is the President of Madhesi
Peoples` Right Forum (Republican), after he was found guilty
of involvement in corruption, according to court officials.
The minister was convicted on charges of amassing property
worth Nepali Rs 20.8 million through illegal means while he
was at the helm of various ministries in the past.
Shortly after he was sentenced to 18 months` imprisonment
and fined Rs 8.4 million, 52-year-old Gupta surrendered before
the court. He has been sent to Dillibazaar jail.
Following his conviction, Gupta`s ministerial berth and
membership of Parliament have automatically been terminated.
The Commission for Investigation on Abuse of Authority
(CIAA) had filed a case against Gupta at a Special Court in
March 2003, accusing him of accumulating property by abusing
However, the Special Court had acquitted Gupta in June
2007, citing insufficient evidence to prove him guilty of
As per rules, Gupta`s sentence and penalty will be
reduced by 20 per cent as he voluntarily surrendered
immediately. He has repeatedly denied the charges and said he
has been singled out for being a Madhesi.