Fugitive lawmaker Resham Chaudhary surrenders


Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJP) lawmaker from Kailali-1 Resham Chaudhary, the main accused of Tikapur incident, has surrendered before the court.

Fugitive Chaudhary surrendered before the Kailali District Court at 10:45 Monday morning, according to chief of Kailali Police SP Binod Bista. He was in the most wanted list of the police.

Chaudhary had lodged the candidacy for federal parliament through an agent. He had won the election by a margin of around 19,000 votes securing 34,341 votes.

The government has filed a case against Chaudhary in the Kaliali District Court considering him to be one of the main accused of the Tikpaur incident in which seven police personnel including an SSP of Nepal Police and a toddler were lynched on August 24, 2015.

The Supreme Court (SC) in December, 2017 had refused to register a writ petition he tried to file through an agent on his behalf demanding he be released on date.

The single bench of Justice Tanka Moktan had ordered Chaudhary to seek legal remedy through the court if he were innocent when he again moved the SC against the administration’s decision to not register his petition.

“The applicant must get acquittal through a legal process of the court if he were not guilty and the charges against him were false,” the bench has said. “Knowingly allowing an accused a means of receiving the facilities and rights provided by the state by evading or defying the court process will promote impunity in the country,” the bench has said.

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