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SC issues show cause notice against CIAA chief

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KATHMANDU — The Supreme Court on Monday issued a show-cause notice to Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) Chief Lok Man Singh Karki.

A single bench of Justice Govinda Kumar Upadhyaya issued the show cause notice seeking Karki’s reply within three days responding to a contempt of court case filed by Shanta Dixit, wife of noted journalist and Sajha Yatayat Chairman Kanak Mani Dixit.

Dixit moved to the Apex court after Kanak’s arrest by the CIAA for investigation into a disproportionate property case against him, arguing that the anti-graft body breached due procedure in its investigation.

In January, a division bench of the then chief justice Kalyan Shrestha and justice Om Prakash Mishra had denied issuing interim order to Kanak Mani Dixit’s demand to stop the CIAA’s investigation against him but reminded the anti-graft body that no action should be taken against anyone without mentioning the jurisdiction and purpose as per the existing laws.

Earlier, the SC had directed that the CIAA should follow procedure while carrying out its investigation. Dixit had argued that a personal decision of a commissioner do not amount to process instead of a board decision.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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