Maoists not to accept SC verdict against Bal Krishna Dhungel

NAWALPARASI: UCPN-Maoist General Secretary Krishna Bahadur Mahara said that the party would not accept the verdict of Supreme Court regarding the presidential clemency to its leader Bal Krishna Dhungel.

The apex court on Thursday had quashed the Baburam Bhattarai-led government’s decision to pardon former Unified CPN-Maoist lawmaker Dhungel, who was convicted of the murder of Ujjan Kumar Shrestha, a resident of Okhaldhunga.

Mahara said there was an agreement among major political parties that cases of the Maoist insurgency era and the Panchayat regime would not be revised.

Talking with journalists in Kawasoti of Nawalparasi today, Mahara further said his party his party was confident that the issues would be carried ahead according to the earlier consensus.

He, however, maintained that the agreement was more political than legal.

Mahara was in the district to address the district convention of the All Nepal National Independent Student Union-Revolutionary.

Shrestha was murdered on June 24, 1998, at Tarkerabari of Okhaldhunga and his body was thrown into a river.

The Bhattarai-led government had decided to pardon Dhungel on November 8, 2011, against which the victim’s sister Sabitri had filed a writ of certiorari at the apex court on November 10, 2011.

Dhungel was convicted in the case by the District Court but was acquitted by the Rajbiraj Appellate Court

The Supreme Court, however, had upheld the district court’s conviction that had sentenced Dhungel to life imprisonment with confiscation of his property. His conviction was upheld by the SC on January 3, 2010.

He had spent almost eight years in prison during the trial.

After Rajbiraj appellate court acquitted him of murder charge, Dhungel had contested and won the 2008 Constituent Assembly election.