President’s Office returns Resham Chaudhary release plan to Home Ministry

Resham Chaudhary
File: Controversial politician Resham Chaudhary prepares to take the oath as a lawmaker, in Kathmandu, on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

Kathmandu, May 26

President Ram Chandra Paudel has returned the government’s proposal to release Tikapur killing convict Nagarik Unmukti Party leader Resham Chaudhary via a presidential pardon.*

President Paudel’s press advisor Kiran Pokharel says the President’s Office returned the proposal in this regard asking the ministry to make a decision considering existing laws and a recent Supreme Court verdict.

In addition, the President’s Office has also sent the petition submitted by Sharada Bohra, the wife of Nepal Police Inspector Keshav Bohra, who was killed in Tikapur to the President’s Office, to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

She submitted a petition to the President’s office with the demand that Chaudhary and others should not be released from prison.

The government is planning to release Chaudhary via the presidential pardon to be announced on the occasion of Republic Day next week.

Chaudhary has been proven guilty of the murder of some police personnel in Tikapur of Kailali in 2015. He is serving his sentence at Dillibazar Prison in Kathmandu.

On May 16, the Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Dipayal High Court to sentence Tikapur incident convict Resham Chaudhary to life imprisonment.

Previously, the government had been trying to get him out as it introduced a new bill with the aim of releasing him on May 11.

*A paragraph has been updated as the previous version wrongly interpreted the returning of the file as the president not entertaining the release request. The error is regretted.

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