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Contempt of Court case filed against Maoist Supremo Prachanda


KATHMANDU: At a time when the UCPN-Maoist is trying to improve its image to the general public taking into consideration the upcoming elections of the Constituent Assembly, a case of contempt of court against UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has been filed at the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday.

Advocate Dinesh Tripathi moved the apex court with an application accusing Dahal of involvement in contempt of court by making a public statement against the dignity of the judiciary. Tripathi has maintained that Dahal has hurt the impartiality, constitutional role and credibility of the SC by making such a public statement.

The advocate claimed that Dahal’s warning has challenged the judiciary and undermined its dignity. According to the petition, the August 22 statement, in which Dahal said he would not tolerate if cases were filed against his cadres in any court of law, has not only threatened the rule of law, but also questioned the sanctity of one of the state organs. “The apex court has the right to punish those, who disrespect it and any court under it as per Article 102(3) of the Interim Constitution. The court needs to assert its power to maintain its sanctity,” Tripathi stated.

Tripathi, in the application, has further argued that Dahal has made a mockery of the judiciary by saying that no case can be filed against leaders and cadres of a particular political party [UCPN-Maoist].

In his contempt-of-court charge filed at the Supreme Court today, advocate Dinesh Tripathi has demanded up to one year jail sentence and up to Rs 10,000 fine against Dahal as per Section 7 of the Supreme Court Act, 1991, for threatening to rebel if the court starts prosecuting Maoist cadres.

The petitioner said that his petition is meant to protect sanctity of the judiciary. He has maintained that the public statement by Dahal, who is also a former prime minister, will hurt the dignity of the court and will create hurdles in the SC fulfilling its constitutional responsibilities. “The court should exercise zero tolerance toward such threat,” states the application on contempt of court.

UCPN-Maoist recently formed the production brigade in an attempt to improve its image to the public. Recently Maoist has been facing criticism from the public for its unruly activities. Similarly, Maoist leaders have been facing criticism for their lavish lifestyle after they joined the mainstream politics leaving the decade long armed insurgency in 2006.

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