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High court voids notorious religious leader Siddhababa’s rape charge acquittal

File: Krishna Bahadur Giri aka Siddhababa
File: Krishna Bahadur Giri aka Siddhababa

Biratnagar, May 18

The Biratnagar High Court has voided the Sunsari District Court’s decision to acquit controversial religious leader Krishna Giri aka Siddhababa of a rape charge.

In December 2020, the Sunsari District Court acquitted him of the rape charge. However, expressing dissatisfaction with the verdict, the government attorneys have filed an appeal for the review.

In response to the appeal, a division bench of officiating chief justice Satya Mohan Joshi Tharu and Kiran Kumari Gupta decided the acquittal order would not be implemented.

The high court has ordered the district court to conduct a trial for the rape charge again.

The full text of the acquittal verdict made public in February 2021 had revealed that the district judge acquitted the ‘ascetic’ Siddhababa citing the alleged victim ‘surrendered’ her body to him, and it was widely criticised.

Following that, the government attorneys had decided to appeal to a higher court for the review.

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