Lawyer accuses CJ of threatening to kill him

Kathmandu, January 31

Senior Advocate Surendra Bhandari today lodged a complaint at District Administration Office, Kathmandu, accusing Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli of threatening to kill him.

Bhandari, who had defended Dr Govinda KC in a contempt of court case, demanded security from the DAO. Nepal Police has written to the concerned unit to provide security to Bhandari.

In the complaint, Bhandari said CJ Parajuli called him on   January 10 and 25 and threatened to kill him.

Bhandari told THT that on January 10, when he pleaded on behalf of Dr Govinda KC who faced contempt of court charge, CJ Parajuli called him in his chamber and told him that he did not want to fight with Dr KC, but if Dr KC could tell the court that what he said against CJ Parajuli was in a fit of rage, then the court could dismiss the case.

Bhandari said he told CJ Parajuli that Dr KC could have his own reasons for labelling accusations against him and it would be better to investigate who — Dr KC or CJ Parajuli — was wrong. Bhandari said on that day CJ Parajuli said over phone that he would kill him. Bhandari also said last Thursday CJ Parajuli again threatened to kill him for criticising him in a newspaper article.

Bhandari said two persons barged into his law chamber in Shankhamul and menacingly enquired about him. “I came to know about this from my staff only today. When our staff asked them to identify themselves then they said they would soon punish me and everybody will know who they are,” Bhandari said.

When asked to comment on Senior Advocate Bhandari’s accusation, CJ Parajuli said Bhandari tried to label false accusation against him in the past and now again he was trying to do the same. CJ Parajuli said,

“They couldn’t prove anything against me and therefore they are telling lies about me. If I have threatened him then there must be a record at the NTC and he should show that recording.” CJ Parajuli said he being the CJ he was providing justice to victims and he could not even think about harming anybody.

The DAO sent Bhandari’s complaint to Metropolitan Police Range, Teku, for action. The metropolitan police range has then sent a letter to Metropolitan Police Circle, Baneshwor, to take necessary action.

“We have directed the Metropolitan Police Circle, Baneshwor, to provide security to Bhandari,” said SSP Rabindra Dhanuk, chief of Metropolitan Police, Kathmandu.