Thursday, February 08, 2007

Lawyer receives death threat from Maoists

Maoist trade union leader Ramesh Pant has allegedly threatened to take the life of advocate Jyoti Baniya over a public interest litigation filed in the Supreme Court.
A consumer rights activist, Baniya, claimed that he received the threat at around 10:45 am on Wednesday. The Maoist trade union leader threatened Baniya over phone to withdraw the case relating to a recent decision to levy ten percent service charge on hotels. Baniya moved the Supreme Court to scrap the charge arguing that it is unjustified and hurts consumers.
Soon after the threat, President of Nepal Bar Association (NBA), Shambhu Thapa, called Maoist Spokesperson Krishna Bahadur Mahara and sought clarification. NBA and Consumers' Rights Forum have condemned the threat issuing separate statements.

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