Controversial ‘ascetic’ Ram Bahadur Bamjan snubs court summons

File: Ram Bahadur Bamjan

Kathmandu, December 16

Ram Bahadur Bamjan, a controversial ascetic, did not appear before the Sarlahi District Court within the 35-day period given by the court.

On November 9, the court had served the summons at Bamjan’s residence in Nijgadh of Bara, ordering him to be present with 35 days, says Naresh Kumar Chaudhary, an attorney at the court.

Advocate TP Sharma Kandel says, “The case against him has become even stronger as the defendant does not appear in court. Now, the court will make a decision unilaterally.”

According to Kandel, Bamjan will lose the opportunity to appeal if he does not appear in the court before the court issues its final verdict.

The way is open for the police to arrest Bamjan and hand him over to the court, informs District Attorney Keshav Prasad Gautam. A warrant has been issued against Bamjan.

Bamjan has been accused of raping an 18-year-old nun and making some of his followers disappear. Police have failed to nab him several times.

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