Shriniwas released on bail

BIRATNAGAR: Shriniwas Acharya, who staged his own shooting, has been released by District Court, Morang on bail, today.

A single bench of District Judge Narayan Prasad Sharma ordered the release of religious leader Acharya after he posted Rs 5,000 bail-money, District Administration Office, Morang informed.

Acharya was shot in Biratnagar Metropolis on April 8 at around 2:00 am. He had come to Biratnagar to attend the Shreemad Bhagavad Mahapuran and had left for Kathmandu after three weeks’ treatment at Neuro Hospital in Biratnagar.

Shriniwas was arrested from Gaushala, Kathmandu after police came to know that Acharya had staged his own shooting.

Morang police had filed arms and ammunition case against Acharya before he was sent to judicial custody at Eastern Regional Prison in Jhumka. In the meantime, police had arrested Madhab Chaudhary and Laxmiraj Adhikari for abetting Acharya.

I was framed, says Acharya

Following his release, the religious leader briefly spoke to media personnel and said that he was framed in the shooting incident.

“I was here to attend the Shreemad Bhagavad Mahapuran,” Acharya said. “I was injured in the shooting and wrongly accused of staging the incident.”