Kathmandu, Sept20-The Supreme Court has ordered the Home Ministry to produce its order, following which the district security committee, Gorkha, had taken Krishna KC, a former vice-president of the Maoist-affiliated ANNISU-R, into preventive detention. Following a hearing today, a division bench of justices Ram Nagina Singh and Paramananda Jha also ordered the authorities to produce KC before the bench on Thursday to examine the legality of the decision. The directive came after the Chief District Officer (CDO) of Gorkha, Taranath Gautam, told the apex court that KC was taken into custody as per the order of the Home Ministry.
KC’s wife, Durga, had filed a habeas corpus petition seeking the release of her husband. The government had taken KC into preventive detention under the Terrorists and Disruptive Activities Control and Punishment Ordinance 2002. Saying that KC was a threat to peace and security of the country, the district security committee headed by Chief District Officer Gautam had taken the former into detention three years ago, a written reply furnished to the apex court said.