Supreme Court tells police to nab Bal Krishna Dhungel in a week

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a verdict in the name of Nepal Police Inspector General to nab absconding murder convict Bal Krishna Dhungel within seven days.

A single bench of Justice Ananda Mohan Bhattarai handed down the verdict after hearing a contempt of court writ filed by advocate Dinesh Tripathi against the CPN Maoist Centre leader.

The bench ordered the chief of Nepal Police to arrest him within next seven days, imprison and submit the report of the developments to the Court.

After his imprisonment, Dhungel should be made to furnish explanations on why he should not be punished for the contempt of court via the concerned jail authority, the Court ordered.

Advocate Tripathi on Wednesday had filed a contempt of court case against Dhungel claiming that he had issued threats to the Chief Justice Sushila Karki and former Chief Justices Kalyan Shrestha and Khil Raj Regmi.

In the verdict today, the Court has also observed that Dhungel's statements, which went viral on social media, posed a serious threat to the existence of judiciary itself.

"If there are situations in which someone convicted from the court says he does not accept the verdict, he scraps the decision and issues indecent and objectionable threats of physical attacks on justices and the Chief Justice; but the law enforcement bodies remain the mute spectators," the verdict read, "There is no meaning of whether the court exists in this nation or not."

Therefore, everyone should comply with the court order in accordance with Article 126.2 of the Constitution and failure to do so would result in actions as per Article 128.4 of the Constitution, it added.

Just this afternoon, the Supreme Court Registrar Nrip Dhoj Niraula had written a letter to Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal urging him to arrest the former lawmaker Dhungel and to make him serve the remaining jail term.

Dhungel was convicted of the murder of Ujjan Kumar Shrestha, a resident of his home district of Okhaldhunga.

Dhungel, who spent almost eight years in prison during the trial of the case, is yet to serve the sentence of almost 12 and half years.