High court seeks details on Mahara case

Published On: November 23, 2019 07:36 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Nov 23: Patan High Court on Friday sought details from  Kathmandu District Court (KDC) on the rape attempt case against ex-speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara.

A single bench of Chief Judge Nahakul Subedi ordered  KDC to submit a detailed report on the case against Mahara for alleged rape attempt against parliament secretariat staffer Roshani Shahi.

The bench directed  KDC to furnish the details after conducting initial hearings on Friday on a petition filed by Mahara.  In his petition, Mahara sought nullification of an order by the district court on November 4 denying him bail. KDC had denied bail stating that the available evidence pointed to Mahara’s guilt.

Claiming that the KDC order misinterpreted the law and made a wrong evaluation of evidence,  Mahara moved the High Court on Thursday to seek a granting of bail.

Kathmandu District  Attorney’s Office had filed case against Mahara, demanding a seven and half-year jail sentence, including five years for rape attempt two and half years for misusing the power of one’s office against someone of lower rank.  

Mahara was arrested on October 6 in response to the first information report (FIR) filed by Shahi. She later filed a separate petition in court stating that the police had forced her to file the FIR.

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