Nepal’s PM attends SC; says he has not breached laws

Baburam Bhattarai Nepal PM

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai today attended before the Supreme Court and furnished his clarification regarding to government’s interference in free and fair investigation in murder of Dailekh-based journalist Dekendra Raj Thapa.

In his written clarification, the Prime Minister has said that as an executive chief of the country he has not given order to anyone by overriding the existing laws. He also said false allegations were made against him by those lodging the case at the supreme court.

A single bench of justice Sushila Karki on January 18 had summoned Prime Minister within seven days on the charge contempt of the court after the Prime Minister directed the officials to halt the statements of scribe Thapa’s murder accused.

Earlier on Sunday, attorney general Mukti Narayan Pradhan had reached the SC and submitted a clarification note on the same issue.

The UCPN (Maoist) leaders including the incumbent prime minister, and the government officials have been stating that the warera cases should be dealt with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), not by the existing criminal justice system.