Resham Chaudhary to file application at High Court for release date

Dhangadi, February 27

Resham Chaudhary, the main accused in the Tikapur incident, who was remanded to judicial custody by Kailali District Court yesterday, is all set to file an application at the High Court seeking his release on date.

After he had turned himself in to the court yesterday, a single bench of District Judge Parshuram Bhattarai had remanded him to judicial custody.

“We’re preparing to apply to the High Court as per the provision that allows a defendant to do so,” said Advocate Gangaram Padhya, speaking on behalf of the defendant, while Chaudhary himself described the court’s order yesterday as disrespectful towards voters’ mandate and vowed to seek justice through legal channels.

Chaudhary, as a candidate of Nepal Janata Party-Nepal, had won the parliamentary election from Kailali Constituency-1, in December.

“As the court’s verdict has apparently sought to frame me, I’m in talks with legal professionals about reaching out to the High Court now, and even to the Supreme Court later if need be, for justice,” said Chaudhary, who is being kept at Kailali District prison.

“In fact, I had surrendered myself to the court with the sincere intention of respecting the judiciary, but now I feel I have been wronged by the court’s order,” he remarked.

Listed in the most wanted list of Nepal Police, Chaudhary had presented himself at Kailali District Court yesterday, refuting the charges levelled against him. There had been an argument session between legal professionals of both sides after court official Ram Prasad Kamti recorded Chaudhary’s statement. Following the argument, District Judge Parashuram Bhattarai had remanded him to judicial custody.

On 24 August  2015, seven security personnel including SSP Laxman Neupane and a two-year-old had lost their lives in Tikapur during a clash between Tharuhat agitators and security personnel.

Twenty-two persons who were arrested in connection with the incident are in judicial custody. Still, some 56 persons are on the run.