KATMANDU, Oct 24: A contempt of court case has been filed at the Supreme Court (SC) against Inspector General of Police (IGP) Prakash Aryal, accusing him of ignoring the apex court's order to detain murder-convict Balkrishna Dhungel.
Senior Advocate Dinesh Tripathi filed a case at the SC on Tuesday, seeking an appropriate action against IGP Aryal in line with Section 17 of the Justice Administration Act 2016. If found guilty, the accused will face one-year jail term along with the fine of Rs 10, 000.
The SC in April had ordered the police to apprehend fugitive murder-convict Dhungel within seven days and present him before the court. However, the police administration has not been successful in arresting Dhungel though six months have elapsed since the court order.
The petitioner has claimed that the murder-convict Dhungel was said to be attending a meeting in Naya Baneshwar of Kathmandu and other public functions recently.
Advocate Tripathi has been raising the Dhungel case since a long time. Acting on a writ petition filed by advocate Tripathi, a single bench of Justice Ananda Mohan Bhattarai had previously issued an arrest warrant against the then controversial CPN-Maoist leader and former lawmaker Dhungel.
Dhungel was convicted of the murder of Ujjan Kumar Shrestha of Okhaldhunga.