Produce Bishwokarma within 24 hours: SC tells police

Produce Bishwokarma within 24 hours: SC tells police

Produce Bishwokarma within 24 hours: SC tells police

The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday has ordered the police to produce former Minister and spokesperson of the Netra Bikram Chand led Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma before the court within 24 hours.

A single bench of Justice Ishwor Prasad Khatiwada has also asked the police to bring the original file along with Bishwokarma if any legal action has been taken against him.

The joint bench of Justices Cholendra Shumsher Rana and Tej Bahadur KC hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by his younger brother Birendra Bishwokarma had ordered the former minister’s release on Friday.

But the police immediately rearrested Bishwokarma from the main gate of the court. Bishwokarma had stayed inside the court for around five hours after the order anticipating his arrest.

Member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Sudip Pathak tried to escort Bishwokarma in his vehicle but was obstructed by the police. Bishwokarma himself got off from the vehicle and gave his arrest after a standoff of around an hour at the main gate of SC.

Younger brother Birendra filed another habeas corpus petition after he was rearrested.

Bishwokarma was arrested in Kathmandu on August 7 on charge of unleashing terror of extortion. The police said documents recovered from Bishwokarma show that he had extorted Rs 70 million.

The police have also accused him of arson at a tower of Ncell in Kavre.

Source Setopati

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