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.Follow @gorkhapost
Deadly Nipah virus claims 12 in Indian state of Kerala
NEW DELHI — At least 12 people in India have died from a rare deadly and contagious virus known as Nipah virus, according to news reports.
Four deaths were reported on Monday, including of a nurse who treated the three initial infections at the EMS Cooperative Hospital in Perambra. The death of the nurse triggered panic among hospital staff who have had their leaves cancelled to treat the sick, Hindustan Times reported
Two deaths were reported from Kozhikode and four from Malappuram district. At least six persons are in critical condition and another 20 are under observation, state health officials said.
It was recorded in Siliguri district in West Bengal in 2001 and is being suspected in Kerala now, according to media reports
Humans get infected by consuming fruit or date-palm sap contaminated by infected bats but while human-to-human transmission through body fluids is rare.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Nipah virus infection is an emerging disease that was first identified in 1999 during an outbreak among pig farmers in Malaysia and Singapore.
The virus is thought to naturally infect fruit bats (of the genus Pteropus), but it can also infect pigs and other domesticated animals, as well as humans, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The virus can also spread from person to person.
CDC says Nipah virus can cause an inflammation of the brain known as encephalitis. Symptoms can include fever and headache, followed by drowsiness, disorientation and confusion. People who are infected with the virus may fall into a coma within 48 hours of showing symptoms, the CDC says.
The virus can be highly lethal, with an average fatality rate of around 75 percent, according to the WHO.Follow @gorkhapost