Sudan scam: Police arrest Shambhu Bharati, guilty agent of fraudulent contractor company

  • August 30, 2019

Members of the Nepalese battalion man a guard post that overlooks a protection-of-civilians site in Juba in May 2015. (UN Photo)

Police have arrested Shambu Bharati, an agent of the contractor company found involved in the Sudan scam – a high profile embezzlement while purchasing logistics by Nepal Police which was meant for those deputed in the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. Bharati had been absconding since September, 2017 – after a Special Court sentenced him to a one year jail sentence, along with paying a fine of Rs. 142 million.

Bharati, a permanent resident of Dadeldhura was arrested from Bhaisepati, Lalitpur. His involvement in the scam was as a supplier.

Police presented him before the Kathmandu District Court today itself for the execution of court order.

The Sudan Scam was a widespread corruption scandal which involved chiefs of police, politicians, and contractors. An estimated Rs. 284 million was said to have beem misappropriated while sending sending substandard consignments to the Nepal Police team deployed in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan.

The scam also led to the surrender of former inspector generals of the Nepal Police including Shyam Singh Thapa, Om Bikram Rana, Hem Bahadur Gurung, Ramesh Chandra Thakuri, Deepak Kumar Shrestha, Deepak Singh Thangen.