Police re-arrested Uma Bhujel, a politburo member of the Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal, soon after the Supreme Court ordered the government to free her on Friday.
A joint bench of Justice Sharada Prasad Ghimire and Justice Prakash Man Singh Raut had ordered the government to free Bhujel in response to the habeas corpus writ filed by Bhujel’s niece Pratima.
DSP Mohan Kumar Thapa of Metropolitan Police Range said Bhujel was arrested and transported to Nuwakot where she faces an arson case.
Earlier, police had arrested Bhujel from her residence in Balaju on August 28 and sent to Kavre District Police Office.
Bhujel is the second prominent CPN leader to go through a series of arrests on multiple criminal charges after the party spokesperson, Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma.
On September 3, the SC had expressed serious concern over the continuous violation of the court’s order by the government regarding Bishwokarma's re-arrests.
The two-judge bench of justices Sapana Malla Pradhan and Tanka Bahadur Moktan had expressed the concern. Despite several orders of the SC to release the leader, he is still in police custody.
Bishwokarma taken to Dang
DANG: Communist Party of Nepal Spokesperson Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma was taken to Dang district on Friday evening.
SP Krishna Hari Sharma said Bishwakarma is accused of exploding (Improvised explosive devices) IEDs in Tulsipur during the last federal and provincial elections.
On Tuesday, he was transported to Bhojpur district. He was accused of attacking the election rally attended by Province 1 Chief Minister Sher Dhan Rai in Bhojpur.
The Maoist leader, who was first arrested on August 8 on extortion charge from Kathmandu, was freed at the instruction of the apex court on Monday, only to be arrested again on other criminal charges, including the attacks on cell towers of Ncell in Kavre and Nuwakot districts.