| November 21, 2017

NA's Military Special Court acquits ex-Major General Thapa

KATHMANDU, May 26: The Military Special Court of Nepal Army on Thursday acquitted ex-Major General Prem Prakash Thapa, who was court-martialed on charges of perjury and abuse of authority and dismissed from service about two and half years ago.

The Military Special Court issued its verdict stating that the allegation doesn't support the facts presented in court while responding to a review petition filed by NA's sacked Major General Thapa, according to Nepal Army sources.
Thapa and then Brigadier General Hem Khatri were sacked from their posts on the recommendation of a Court of Inquiry headed by General Rajendra Chettri, who is the Chief of Army Staff now. The two were accused of forgery in educational certificates required for training selection.

Of the two, Thapa was dismissed for his negligence in verifying the certificates submitted by ex-Brigadier General Khatri but was not disqualified for future government jobs. However, Khatri was dismissed and was also disqualified for any future government posts, for the duplicate certificates of Indian University which he presented for selection for the National Defense Training course in Pakistan.

The then CoAS Gaurav Shumsher JB Rana had endorsed the decision made by the Summary General of Military Court. Nepal Army is yet to decide on the future of acquitted Major General Thapa.