Biratnagar, June 22
Religious leader Sriniwas Acharya, who was arrested on the charge of staging his own shooting, was released on bail this evening.
Following a directive from Morang Chief District Officer Ram Prasad Adhikari, Acharya was released after he posted Rs 5,000 bail. He was kept in judicial custody at a regional prison in Jhumka for the past 21 days.
Sriniwas had appealed against Chief District Officer Adhikari’s order at Morang District Court. District Administration Office, Morang, said that it had freed Acharya after he posted the bail amount as ordered by district court Judge Narayan Prasad Sharma.
Following his release, Acharya commented that he was framed in the shooting incident. Talking to mediapersons, Acharya said that he was framed as he was involved in the campaign for the restoration of Hindu state.
Acharya was shot at in Biratnagar on April 8. After a prolonged investigation, police had arrested Madhav Chaudhary and Lakshmi Raj Adhikari in connection with the case.
A version of this article appears in print on June 23, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.