Writ at Supreme Court against Govt. decision to pardon Dhungel

A writ has been filed at the Supreme Court on Thursday against the government’s decision made on last Tuesday to recommend President Dr Ram Baran Yadav for granting general amnesty to Maoist Lawmaker Bal Krishna Dhungel, a murder convict

The Maoist leading government had decided to recommend Dhungel’s case to the president for granting amnesty citing it was a “political case” related to the conflict era, which could be withdrawn as per the Comprehensive Peace Accord.

The writ was filed by Sabitri Shrestha, sister of Ujjan Kumar Shrestha, who was killed by Dhungel during Maoist insurgency. The Supreme Court had announced life imprisonment along with confiscation of all property against Dhungel after finding him guilty of murder following abduction of Ujjan.

In the meantime, human rights organizations, political parties and political leaders have condemned the government decision to recommend pardon for Dhungel.

Two main opposition parties, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML are demanding the government to withdraw the decision.

Madhesi People´s Rights Forum (MPRF) Nepal said such a move will encourage grave human rights violations in the country.

Chairman of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal (RPP-N), Kamal Thapa has said that the Cabinet decision was a mockery of rule of law.

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