Kathmandu, May 25
The Supreme Court has issued a show cause notice to the government on the government’s plan to waive the jail term for murder- convict Maoist leader Bal Krishna Dhungel.
A single bench of Justice Deepak Kumar Karki ordered the government to submit in writing within 24 hours why it wants to waive the of punishment handed over to murder-convict Dhungel.
The bench was responding to a petition filed by Senior Advocate Dinesh Tripathi against the government’s decision to release Dhungel ahead of time.
According to spokesperson Bhadrakali Pokharel, the apex court has summoned the parties involved in the case for a hearing on May 23.
The government is learnt to be been preparing to release Dhungel on the occasion of Republic Day on May 29. According to the law, if a prisoner shows good conduct then s/he can get a waiver of up to 60 per cent of the jail sentence.
Dhungel was sentenced to 20 years in jail for the for the murder Ujjain Kumar Shrestha, a resident of Okhaldhunga, in 1988.
Published on May 25th, Friday, 2018 4:44 PM