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SC summons Dahal on contempt of court

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KATHMANDU — The Supreme Court of Nepal on Tuesday summoned Chairman of CPN (Maoist Center) and former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on a contempt of court case.

The single bench of Acting Chief Justice Sushila Karki ordered Dahal to be present before the court in person within three days while hearing over the writ petition filed by advocate Dinesh Tripathi.

Tripathi had move the apex court arguing that Dahal’s recent public statements that criticised the judiciary for issuing verdicts on the conflict-era cases were tantamount to the contempt of court.

The petitioner has demanded maximum punishment to the former prime minister, who is also the top leader of one of the ruling parties.

Recently, Dahal had said that his party would revolt if any leader or cadre of his party was prosecuted in the murder case of Krishna Prasad Adhikari of Gorkha district. “What is the caste of the court?” Dahal had asked.

The Section 7 of the Supreme Court Act deals with the contempt of court which includes one year jail term or fine up to ten thousand rupees or both to the person convicted.

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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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