Hearing on Adhikari’s murder case put off for 15th time

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CHITWAN — Hearing on a case relating to the murder of Krishna Prasad Adhikari of Fujel, Gorkha dating back to the armed conflict in the country has been postponed again.

This is the 15th time that the case was put off. The latest hearing was scheduled for October 29. Now it has been rescheduled for coming December 11.

The case is sub judice at the District Court, Chitwan and according to court’s section officer Gambhir Ghimire, new judge at the court, Kul Prasad Sharma was to look after the case, but the hearing date was put off due to an appeal from defence lawyer Gopal Shiwakoti who in the application cited that he would not be able to take part in the discussions on the case that day.

Victim’s father Nanda Prasad Adhikari had filed a complaint against some individuals citing their involvement in the murder of his son after abduction on June 6, 2004. After one and half year, his elder son Nur Prasad had registered an application naming 13 individuals as responsible for his brother’s killing, prompting the court to proceed with the case. Later, among the accused, seven were released on bail while four on general date. Two had not come into contact with the court.

Later the Appellate Court, Hetauda in July, 2014 upheld the District Court decision in response to a case filed seeking permission to start investigations into the case.

The accused in the case are Chhabilal Poudel, Januka Poudel, Rudra Acharya, Bhimsen Poudel, Ajib Poudel, Kali Prasad Adhikari, Hemlal Adhikari, Sita Adhikari, Ram Prasad Adhikari (A), Ram Prasad Adhikari (B), Meghnath Poudel, Subhadra Tiwari and Bishnu Tiwari.

It may be noted that Nanda Prasad succumbed to his 11-month hunger strike in September, 2014 while seeking justice for his murdered son and his body is still in the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital. His wife Ganga Maya has been surviving on liquid at the Bir Hospital in her bid to exert pressure to the State to bring murderers of her son to book. RSS