Wagle Chooses Extended Jail Term Over Fines 

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March 27, 2011, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol. : 04 No.-19 Mar.25-2011 (Chaitra 11,2067)

Former minister Chiranjeevi Wagle is said to have chosen to accept extended jail term instead of paying the fines slapped by the Supreme Court (SC) that sentenced it to prison on conviction of corruption charges. The apex court had sentenced him to one and a half year of prison and slapped him with Rs 20 million of fine. But Wagle has opted to stay in prison for extended period rather than pay the fine. And as per the laws, notwithstanding the amount of fine, the maximum extended sentence in exchange of non-payment cannot exceed 4 years. As such, Wagle will end up earning Rs 422,620 a month by staying in jail. Authorities say that the convicts could similarly misuse the lax legal provision that can allow them to stay in jails for short time instead of paying fines.
 

 

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