Former speaker Mahara acquitted of attempt to rape charge
February 17, 2020 02:45 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, Feb 17: Kathmandu District Court on Monday acquitted former speaker of the House of Representatives Krishna Bahadur Mahara of attempt to rape charge.
Issuing a final verdict, a single bench of judge Ambar Raj Poudel gave clean chit to Mahara, who was accused of raping a woman employee at the Parliament secretariat.
The bench was scheduled to issue the judgment on the case on Sunday after concluding the hearings but failed to do so owing to lack of time.
On December 20, the Patan High Court (PHC) had directed the lower court to conclude the case within a month upholding his detention in relation to the attempted rape of a female staffer of the Parliament Secretariat, Roshani Shahi.
A division bench of Chief Judge Nahakul Subedi and Judge Tek Narayan Kunwar denied Mahara bail as rejected by the district court stating that there was no ground for granting him bail but directed the trial court to issue the verdict within a month.
Following the order of the high court, the district court continued the hearings on the case that concluded Sunday by evaluating the evidences. Mahara had moved the high court on November 23, challenging the district court’s November 4 decision to deny him bail.
Claiming that the lower court order had misinterpreted the law and made a wrong evaluation of the evidences, Mahara had moved the high court demanding bail.
Kathmandu District Attorney’s Office had filed the case of attempted rape against Mahara, demanding seven-and-a-half years in jail including five years for rape attempt and two-and-a-half years for misusing his office.
Mahara was arrested on October 6 in response to a complaint filed by Shahi. She later filed a separate petition at the court stating that the police had forced her to file the complaint and claimed that Mahara had not subjected her to any kind of sexual harassment.