Nepali Congress objects to Dhungel's release

KATHMANDU: Main opposition Nepali Congress has drawn the attention of the government over its decision to award amnesty to murder-convict Balkrishna Dhungel, who was serving the jail term.

Objecting the government decision to release murder convict Dhungel, all lawmakers from the Nepali Congress stood up leaving their seats as soon as the meeting of the federal parliament began Tuesday. With this, Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara gave time to lawmaker Gagan Thapa to speak about the objection.

Lawmaker Thapa argued that the case of Balkrishna Dhungel could not be handled by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission because he was serving imprisonment with the verdict of the Supreme Court on murder charge.

"Prime Minister has no right as the King had previously to award amnesty to the murderer in the pretext of having 'good conduct'. This decision must be withdrawn," he underscored.

After the government decided to condone former lawmaker of the then CPN Maoist-Centre Dhungel on the Republic Day, he was released from Dillibazar jail on Tuesday.