Sobhraj`s wife, mom-in-law in police custody

In a curious twist to the case of Charles Sobhraj, the wife and mother-in-law of the wily Indian -origin `bikini killer` were today taken into police custody.

Kathmandu: In a curious twist to the case of
Charles Sobhraj, the wife and mother-in-law of the wily Indian
-origin `bikini killer` were today taken into police custody
following their outburst against the Supreme Court`s verdict
upholding the life term awarded to him in a 1975 murder case.

22-year-old Nihita Biswas and her mother Shakuntala
Thapa, who is also Sobhraj`s lawyer, appeared before a joint
apex court bench of justices Balram KC and Ram Kumar Prasad
Sah after they were summoned over contempt of court.

The judges ordered that Thapa and Nihita be kept in
police custody for interrogation, which could not be completed
today. It was not known for how long the mother-daughter duo
will remain in custody.

Police detained Thapa and her daughter from the court
premises following the order and took them to Metropolitan
Police Sector, Singha Durbar.

The court has ordered that they be produced before it
again tomorrow, `Nepal News` reported.

The Supreme Court had on Sunday summoned them to furnish
clarification on their remarks against the verdict upholding
the conviction and life sentence awarded by lower courts to
66-year-old Sobhraj in a sensational murder case of an
American woman tourist here 35 years ago.

After the apex court verdict on Friday last, Nihita and
Thapa had accused judges of taking bribe and issuing a "bias"
ruling.

Advocates Rajan Adhikari and Shanta Sedhai had filed a
contempt of court case against Thapa and her daughter
demanding the duo be jailed for one year and fined Rs 10,000.

Bureau Report

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