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Supreme Court orders Dixit’s release

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KATHMANDU — The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority to release Sajha Yatayat Chairperson Kanak Mani Dixit from detention.

Responding to a habeas corpus petition filed by Dixit’s wife Shanta, a division bench of the Acting Chief Justice Sushila Karki and Justice Jagadish Sharma Paudel scrapped the Special Court’s decision to remand Dixit to a 10-day judicial custody.

Dixit was released immediately after the court’s order but was taken to Intensive Care Unit of Bir Hospital, as he suffered hypertension, said his btother Kunda Dixit.

The Supreme Court stated that the Special Court’s order to remand Dixit did not mention the jurisdiction and purpose of the investigation and did not care whether the investigation was satisfactory or not.

The division benches additionally ordered the CIAA to investigate and prosecute Dixit in the corruption case while releasing him.

The CIAA on Monday produced Dixit at the apex court following Thursday’s court order to present Dixit before the court.

Dixit’s wife Shanta on Wednesday had registered the petition at the apex court claiming that the arrest was illegal.

The Special Court on April 24 had remanded Dixit to a 10-day judicial custody. Dixit was arrested on April 22 on the charge of amassing property through illegal means.

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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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