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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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Chhayanath Rara Municipality bans liquor

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RARA— Chhayanath Rara Municipality in Mugu district has been declared liquor-free zone. Declaration of a liquor-free zone was made amid a program on Saturday with a huge presence of locals from all 14 wards.

The municipality and local police administration had conducted a regular publicity campaign in all settlements for two months.

Chief Minister, Mahendra Bahadur Shahi read out a commitment paper by declaring a liquor-free zone to the municipality.

Chairman of Ward No. 5 Dambar Bahadur Rawal of the municipality shared that the municipality council took a decision two months ago to impose a ban on liquor in the municipality with the conclusion that gender-based violence, child marriage, misuse of development and irregularity increased due to liquor.

Mayor Harijung Shahi, lawmaker Gopal Bahadur Bam, representatives of Mugu Chamber of Commerce and Industries, among others were present on the occasion.

During the event, Chief Minister Shahi compared Karnali with heaven.

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