Monday, January 21, 2008

produce Mukunda Rijal :SC

The Supreme Court on sunday directed the Singhadurbar Metropolitan Police Sector to produce Mukunda Rijal, a resident of Naya Bazaar, who was arrested from the apex court premises and later released without the court order.
A division bench of Justices Bala Ram KC and Top Bahadur Magar directed the police to produce him before the bench saying that it was improper to release him without the order of the bench as he, along with 16 others, had been arrested on contempt charge for chanting slogans against the justices when they were hearing a case against Chamati Land Pooling Project.
The bench also directed the police to submit a written explanation on why Rijal was released without the court’s order.
The police had released him against the personal guarantee of human rights activist Sudip Pyakurel after his arrest on Thursday.
Altogether 30 persons had been arrested from the court premises and 14 had been released shortly after brief interrogation.
The bench, however, questioned about the release of Rijal, who is facing contempt charge through the apex court’s suo moto notice.
In this connection, the bench recorded statements of four persons — Purna Narayan Maharjan, Ram Krishna Dangol, Dev Ratna Dangol and Shree Bhakta Sharma, who denied the charges and sought apology if they had unknowingly committed any mistake and said they had no intention to disrespect the Justices.
The bench is scheduled to hear statements of the other accused on monday.

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