SC scraps writ petition demanding release of CPN leader Oli

Published On: April 11, 2019 04:30 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, April 11: The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday scrapped a writ petition filed by the daughter of Hemanta Prakash Oli aka Prakash, the mid-central command leader of Netra Bikram Chand-led Comunist Party of Nepal (CPN), demanding the release of her father.

A joint bench of justices Anil Kumar Sinha and Tanka Moktan of the Supreme Court dismissed the writ petition filed by Bipana Oli. Prakash was presented before the apex court on Wednesday after which the court extended the deadline for his interrogation.

Previously, concerns had been raised by the general public after the police failed to produce Oli at the court within 24 hours of arrest. Oli was supposed to be presented at Lalitpur District Court where he faces charges for involvement in bomb blast at Ncell's corporate office in Nakkhu, Lalitpur in February.

Nepal Police had arrested Oli, the third-ranked leader of Chand-led criminal outfit, from Khanikhola Rural Municipality-7 at 4:50 on March 23. In a joint operation by the special unit of Nepal Police, CIB and Kavrepalanchowk police, Oli, who is allegedly the mastermind behind the blasts in the capital in February, was nabbed when he was en route to Kathmandu from Kavre.

Police had also arrested Shankar Adhikari, Dharmaraj Raj Bahak, Ram Krishna Khatiwada, Bijaya Shrestha, Lalit Lama, Sanjib Karki, Bed Ghimire and Lokendra Khadka who were also travelling with Oli.

Police have been intensifying crackdown on the cadres and leaders of the party after the government banned the party on March 14 after a series of violent activities carried out by the party. The government had given 35 days to CPN leaders to surrender their weapons. More than 500 leaders and cadres of the outfit have been arrested so far.

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