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SC serves show-cause notice to government on Dhungel amnesty bid

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KATHMANDU — The Supreme Court has served a show-cause notice to the government against the latter’s plan to offer amnesty to murder convict Balkrishna Dhungel.

A single bench of Justice Dipkumar Karki on Friday issued the order to the government demanding a written explanation within 15 days on why Dhungel should be pardoned.

The Supreme Court has also summoned several government authorities to attend the apex court on Sunday to participate in a hearing on whether or not to issue stay order against the government’s preparations to pardon jailed murder convict Dhungel.

The government authorities summoned by the court to explain why Dhungel should be pardoned include the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, the Office of President, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Department of Prison Management.

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Dhungel, a former lawmaker of the erstwhile CPN (Maoist Centre), is serving life sentence at Dillibazaar jail for murdering Ujjan Kumar Shrestha of Okhaldhunga on June 24, 1998. He was arrested from Lalitpur in October 2017.

The prison administration has recommended the government to waive his remaining jail term on the grounds of good conduct and his previous prison stints in the same case.

Claiming that the government was planning to free Dhungel by invoking Presidential Pardon on the Republic Day,senior advocate Dinesh Tripathi had filed a writ petition on Thursday against the government’s move.

Tripathi has named the President’s Office, Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet of Ministers, Home Ministry, Prison Management Department, District Administration Office, Kathmandu, and Balkrishna Dhungel as defendants in the petition.

This is not the first time the government has tried to release Dhungel from prison through Presidential Pardon. In November 2011, the government led by Baburam Bhattarai had also recommended Dhungel’s name for clemency.

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Bijaya Dashami today

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KATHMANDU- Today, Hindus across the country are observing Bijaya Dashami today.

The 10th day of Bada Dashain is celebrated all over the country with great enthusiasm by receiving ‘tika’ and ‘jamara’ and blessings from elders.

Although the auspicious hour or the Mul Sait for receiving ‘Devi Prasad’ has been fixed at 9:51 am, the entire day after the immersion of the Goddess is auspicious for that purpose.

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The worship of Durga Bhawani at Dashainghars over nine days concludes formally on the day of Bijaya Dashami after the Abhishek or sprinkling of holy water takes place marking the beginning of tika.

People receive tika and jamara till the full moon day. Tika and jamara are considered the auspicious blessings of the goddess Nava Durga and they signify prosperity.

It is believed that one need not seek an auspicious hour if one undertakes any new assignment, campaign or journey on the auspicious day of Bijaya Dashami.

The Vijaya Dashami festival is celebrated in commemoration of the victory of truth over evil and the victory of divine forces over demonic forces.

 

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