Dahal defends himself against contempt of court

KATHMANDU: CPN Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Tuesday responded to the Supreme Court's summon on a contempt of court case and argued that he did not make any statement against honour of the judiciary.

A single  bench of Acting Chief Justice Sushila Karki on Tuesday last week had ordered the former prime minister to produce himself before the court or send the written reply through an attorney within three days after he got the summon.

Dahal received the court letter on Sunday and responded to it through his attorney Lokmani Pokharel, according to the Rastriya Samachar Samiti.

In his response, Dahal claimed that the writ against him was filed with an intention of getting publicity.

"It is never justifiable to misuse the court for own publicity," Dahal argued that the writ hence should be quashed.

The Maoist leader even accused that the petitioner himself was trying to bring the court into controversy.

Advocate Dinesh Tripathi on May 16 had moved the apex court claiming Dahal's public statements about transitional justice had tried to intervene into the court proceedings, hence committed the contempt of court.

Tripathi had demanded Rs 10,000 fine and a year jail term for the Maoist leader.

Dahal, however, maintained in his reply today that he just advocated for implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Accord regarding the conflict-era cases.