While some twitter users have said that the SC decision to issue arrest warrant against Dr KC was an overreaction, some users have gone to the extent of questioning the transparency in the judiciary.
KATHMANDU, Jan 10: The Supreme Court's decision to issue an arrest warrant against Dr Govinda KC, who had begun his 14th fast-unto-death Monday demanding resignation of Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli, has drawn strong criticism on social media.
People took to Twitter and Facebook to vent their ire against the SC decision to arrest Dr KC for contempt of court, and also extend their support to Dr KC. Hashtags like #DrKC and #IamwithDrKC were trending on Twitter throughout the day.
While some twitter users have said that the SC decision to issue arrest warrant against Dr KC was an overreaction, some users have gone to the extent of questioning the transparency in the judiciary. Many users have appealed to the general public to come together to express solidarity with Dr KC's demands.
A twitter user Reshu Bashyal (@bashyalreshu) tweeted that Dr KC's arrest was shameful. "He's fighting for others. Anyone can understand it; sad that the court doesn't. #DrKC," the user added.
Another twitter user Santosh Jaiswal (@santosh_jaiswl) tweeted, "When top government institution like judiciary overreacts over statement made against them - It indicates serious misconduct over allegations and ignite common people unite against them. Arresting #DrKC instantly was immature call which only deepened mistrust towards judiciary."
Likewise, a twitter user with the handle @prashantpaneru tweeted, "Question mark to Supreme Court judges and their transparency in judgement... #IamwithDrKC."
One twitter user criticized the government's move to arrest Dr KC. The twitter user tweeted that the system arrested 'one honest guardian' because the system is full of criminals.
Right after Dr KC's arrest, writer Shiwani Neupane had tweeted, "What a mockery of justice. #DrKC."
A journalism professor Dharma Adhikari tweeted from China, "Grew up reciting such a lovely phrase-- Never Ending Peace and Love #NEPAL. In reality, the experience is more often like Never Ending Pain And Loot. Endless nightmares, endless battles #DrKC #Loktantra."
Some twitter users demanded that Dr KC be freed.
Apart from criticizing the SC, some twitter users also expressed happiness that some political leaders have extended their support to Dr KC's demands. A youth leader from CPN-UML Ram Kumari Jhakri tweeted, "Glad to see a few young leaders from both major parties NC & UML voicing their support for corruption-free society & an independent judiciary that is open to criticism & scrutiny, which are hallmarks of a democratic society. #IamwithDrKC."
Some twitter users said that they didn't agree with the demand of Dr KC but went on to oppose the SC decision to arrest him.
A twitter user Santoshþ (@wahakiparvat) tweeted "Though I do not agree with the demand of Dr KC this time but I seriously and strongly oppose his arrest! #IamwithDrKC."
Dr KC started his 14th fast-unto-death on Monday against a recent apex court verdict reinstating sacked dean of Tribhuvan University Institute of Medicine (IOM) Shashi Sharma. Similarly, his demands also include the resignation of CJ Parajuli, immediate formation of the Medical Education Commission, appointment of dean at IOM on the basis of seniority and cancellation of the order reinstating Dr Sharma, action against Tribhuvan University officials who decided to grant affiliation to controversial medical colleges, promotion of staff on the basis of seniority and negation of political appointments, surgical services under Extended Health Services, and proper sanitation at hospitals. Right after he started the fast-unto-death, a contempt of court was filed against him, leading to his arrest following an SC order.
On Tuesday morning, his supporters organized a rally in Kathmandu against the arrest.