Nepalese Maoists protest reported Patna HC verdict
Last Updated: Monday, September 12, 2011, 23:24
Kathmandu: The ruling Maoists in Nepal today raised in parliament the issue of 11 top Nepalese Maoist leaders being reportedly sentenced in absentia by the Patna High Court.

Politburo members Lokendra Bista and Kul Bahadur Khatri Chhetri, some central committee members and MPs of the Maoist party, were among those who were reportedly sentenced.

Maoist lawmaker Girirajmani Pokharel raised the issue in the Nepalese Parliament.

He expressed concern during parliament session, describing the sentencing as "objectionable especially when Nepal's current political scenario has completely undergone change" from the time when the charges were filed.

Meanwhile, Maoist spokesman Dinanath Sharma said, "Our party is trying to get exact information regarding the case and I hope that these issues would be resolved through diplomatic channels between the two countries."

"All of them are high level leaders of the party and they were arrested in Patna, India while returning from a central committee meeting of then underground party," he said.

However, the sentencing by the Patna HC could not be confirmed.

The Indian court had slapped jail terms and fine on 11 Nepali Maoist leaders who were arrested by the Indian police in May 2, 2004 and subsequently tried at the court in absentia on charges of being involved in activities against sovereignty of Nepal and India.


First Published: Monday, September 12, 2011, 23:24

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