Nepal | August 04, 2020

SC decision to set free murder accused former DIG kicks up row

Share Now:


The recent decision of the Supreme Court to commute life sentence of former Armed Police Force deputy inspector general Ranjan Koirala to eight-and-a-half years has sparked furore.

Koirala, who had been serving life sentence, walked free after serving only eightand-a-half years yesterday, following the decision of a division bench of Chief Justice Cholendra JB Rana and Justice Tej Bahadur KC. Former prime minister and senior leader of Janata Samajwadi Party Baburam Bhattarai took to Twitter and sought ‘to summon Parliament session and move a motion of impeachment against the justices, who he said had nurtured the crime’.

“A former DIG, who murdered his wife, walks out of the jail waving hand like a statesman after causing the court to commute his sentence. A son of wealthy parents, who killed a woman walking on footpath in drunk driving, is released on bail. No case is filed against former inspector general of police for abducting a lawmaker. Isn’t all this a symptom of a failed state!,” tweeted Bhattarai, who is also a lawmaker.

Rabindra Mishra, coordinator of Sajha Party, said politicisation of judicial system had benefited several criminals, while sending innocent persons behind bars. “Political interference in judicial matters has never done any good for the nation, people or democracy. Perverting the course of justice means non-existence of humanity,” he wrote on Twitter. He said those who appointed the justices deserving impeachment should also be impeached.

Ram Kumari Jhakri, a lawmaker of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), underscored the need to review SC decision to commute life sentence awarded to former DIG Koirala. “The SC decision had badly eroded the belief that courts are just. This case should be reviewed to maintain people’s trust in courts of law,” she wrote on Twitter.

Independent National Campaign-Nepal, a social organisation, today led a protest rally in Maitighar Mandala, demanding that Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana and Justice Tej Bahadur KC be impeached for setting Koirala free. Scores of people holding banners and placards chanted slogans against the decision of the Supreme Court to commute murder convict Koirala’s sentence.

Koirala was imprisoned on 22 January 2012, the day he was arrested on the charge of murdering his wife Geeta Dhakal at their Budhanilkantha residence. After killing Geeta, he took her body to Tistung in Makawanpur district and burnt it.

Kathmandu District Court convicted Koirala of murder, condemning him to life imprisonment, which lasts 20 years. But the SC later commuted his sentence to eightand-a-half years.

Former PM Baburam Bhattarai has sought ‘to summon Parliament for impeaching the chief justice’

A version of this article appears in e-paper on July 25, 2020, of The Himalayan Times.


Former DIG of Armed Police Force convicted of killing his wife released from prison


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

In Pictures: Silent Kumbheshwor mela on Janai Purnima

Lalitpur, August 03 The natural spring at the Kumbheshwor temple complex is believed to have originated from Gosaikunda Lake in Rasuwa district. It is also believed that taking a dip in the pond during Janai Purnima is same as doing so in Gosainkunda. On the occasion of Kumbeshwor Mela or Janai P Read More...

Local herb production declines in Bajura

BAJURA: Production of local herbs has dropped with the possible extinction of endangered species and vegetation in Bichchhaya area located in Himali Rural Municipality ward 1,2 and 3 of Bajura district. The district is famous for locally grown herbs. However, of late, many such plants are on the Read More...


Mass jailbreak in Afghanistan, at least 24 die in Islamic State attack

JALALABAD: A gunbattle between Islamic State fighters and Afghan security forces raged at a prison in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Monday, with at least 24 people killed after the militants' overnight assault led to a mass jailbreak. The attack began on Sunday evening with car bomb detona Read More...

Landslides kill 10 in Nepal as heavy rains take toll in South Asia

KATHMANDU/DHAKA: Heavy rain in Nepal triggered landslides on Monday that killed eight labourers at a construction site and two members of a family, taking the toll in floods and landslides to 177 since late May. Elsewhere in South Asia, the annual rainy season brought more misery with at least 1 Read More...

Resurgence of Covid-19 cases in Nepal as 418 new cases surface on Monday, tally reaches 20,750

KATHMANDU: As many as 418 new coronavirus infection cases have surfaced on Monday, taking the nationwide count to 20,750. The new infections were confirmed after testing 7,637 specimens through PCR method across the nation in the last 24 hours. As of today, 398,907 PCR tests have been carried out Read More...

Enough is Enough campaigner Iih hospitalised following health issues

KATHMANDU: Social activist and initiator of ‘Enough is Enough’ campaign, Iih, 26, who has been on fast-unto-feath satyagraha at Basantapur for 17 days, has been admitted to a hospital. Iih was taken to HAMS Hospital today after his health started deteriorating owing to over two-week-long stri Read More...

Over 116 villages at risk of being swept away by landslides in Bajura

BAJURA: More than 116 villages are at the risk of being swept away by landslides triggered by incessant rain in Bajura district. According to Bajura District Administration Office, the villages located in nine local levels of the district face imminent risk of landslides. Disaster Preparedness Read More...

India refutes reports on prohibition of Nepalis' 'illegal' entry to Kalapani, Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura and Gunji

KATHMANDU: Indian authorities in Uttarakhand have rejected the reports on India's correspondence with Nepal's Darchula District Administration Office seeking prohibition on entry of Nepalis to Kalapani, Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Gunji. Indian side Dharchula's Sub-District Magistrate Anil Kumar S Read More...