Kathmandu: Nihita Biswas, the wife of
Charles Gurmukh Sobhraj, on Tuesday met Supreme Court officials
after she was summoned to appear before it for contempt of
court following her outbursts against its decision to uphold
the life sentence of the `bikini killer`.
The 22-year-old Nepali beauty went to the court and
informally met some officials. She did not say anything on
record before the court and her visit was informal, senior
court official Hemanta Rawal told agency today.
Rawal said Biswas might have come to inquire about the
summon to her and her mother Shakuntala Thapa, who is also
The apex court on Sunday asked Biswas and her mother
to appear before it by Friday to furnish clarification on the
charges of contempt of court.
The court official said Biswas and her mother have two
more days to furnish explanation on why action should not be
taken under the contempt of court proceedings.
They had accused the judges of corruption following
the final verdict in the case on July 30 which dashed
Sobhraj`s hope for freedom.
After hearing the final verdict upholding the life
imprisonment for Sobhraj, Biswas and Thapa had abused the
judges, saying they took bribe and gave biased judgment.
The court`s directive came in response to a petition
filed by advocates Rajan Adhikari and Shanta Sedhain, who
accused the duo of contempt of court.
A single bench of Justice Ram Kumar Prasad Shah
ordered the police to arrest the accused if they did not
surrender within the timeline and present them before the apex
court, court officials said.
Justice Shah was one of the two judges who announced
the verdict in the 1975 sensational murder case of American
tourist Connie Jo Bronzich.
Many television channels had recorded the outbursts by
Thapa and Biswas against the apex court.
If convicted for contempt of court, they face one year
imprisonment and/or Rs.10,000 fine as punishment if their
explanations were not found satisfactory.
66-year-old Sobhraj, a French national whose father
was an Indian and mother a Vietnamese, was sentenced by the
lower courts to a 20-year life term for the murder of Bronzich
and one year jail and Rs 2,000 fine in the fake passport case.
He has already spent seven years in prison.