Kathmandu, September 4
Police said they were at the final stage of investigation into the 20 August 2018 murder of former ambassador of Nepal to France, Kheshav Raj Jha.
Teku-based Metropolitan Police Range had launched fresh investigation by taking Sanu Kanchha Tamang, a cook-cumguard in Jha’s house, on August 16, three days after the deceased’s wife Gyanu filed an FIR against him. In the FIR, Gyanu has accused Tamang of killing her husband.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Hobindra Bogati told The Himalayan Times that investigators had been collecting necessary evidence to corroborate the accusation.
“We have scaled up investigation. We are preparing to submit a case file to Kathmandu District Court through the Office of District Attorney within a few days,” he said without giving further details.
A police source claimed that Tamang stabbed Jha, 79, to death in a fit of anger as the master pressured him to pay Rs 50,000 that the domestic help had borrowed.
However, Tamang has denied his involvement in the murder. Tamang was angry with Jha for the past few months over the money deal, according to a source.
Tamang was detained and interrogated by police on several occasions as one of the prime suspects in the case. But, he was released due to lack of evidence.
Tamang worked in Jha’s house in Babarmahal for seven years.
Only three persons — Jha, his wife Gyanu and Tamang — were in the two-storey building on the night of the incident. Besides Tamang, police also nabbed part-time workers at Jha’s house, gardener Aitasingh Tamang and cook Jay Bahadur Tamang as suspects.
All of them were released as police could not collect sufficient evidence to prove their involvement in the crime. Police had also conducted polygraph test on three of them, which was not helpful. Police were unable to detect fingerprints on the kitchen knife which was used to kill Jha.
He was stabbed at least four times in his head and a couple of times in the chest.
The weapon used in the murder was stuck in the sweatshirt Jha was wearing that night.
A version of this article appears in print on September 05, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.