Final hearing on Charles Sobhraj case on Aug 10

Kathmandu, July 10:

The Supreme Court today said it would conduct the final hearing on the appeal of alleged international serial killer Charles Gurumukh Sobhraj on August 10.

The same day, the SC will conduct the final hearing on an appeal filed by the government against the Kathmandu District Court’s decision to give a clean chit to Sobhraj on a fake passport case.

After receiving reply from Hotel Garden, Kathmandu, about Sobhraj’s guest registration card, the apex court rescheduled the hearing date.

Three months ago, the apex court had directed the Office of the Attorney General to produce Sobhraj’s guest registration card.

The bench has been considering Sobhraj’s appeal against lower courts’ verdicts on a twin murder case and the appeal of the government on the fake passport case.

The Patan Appellate Court had upheld the Kathmandu District Court’s conviction of Sobhraj on the murder of an American Connie Joe Bronzich. Sobhraj had moved the apex court claiming that it was wrong to convict him on the basis of circumstantial evidence.

At the same time, the government had moved the apex court with an appeal challenging the KDC’s decision to give a clean chit to Sobhraj on the fake passport case.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court, today said it would hold consultations with the Nepal Bar Association (NBA) on ways to control corruption in the judiciary.

“We will hold discussions with NBA officials ways to curb corruption in the judiciary,” said Supreme Court spokesperson Til Prasad Shrestha.

The decision to discuss the issue of corruption was made at a full-court meeting of apex court judges, which was held today.