Janakpur bombing trial

  • Court may extend Sah’s remand
- SHYAMSUNDAR SHASHI, JANAKPUR

May 7, 2014-

On the second day of the 2012 Janakpur bombing trial on Wednesday, defence lawyers argued in favour of the defendant, Sanjaya Sah, suspended lawmaker from Sadbhawana Party.   

Five defence attorneys— Koshraj Kafle, Umesh Panjiyar, Surendra Mahato, Rajan Dhakal and Parkash Ghimire— argued in support of Sah’s not guilty plea he had made in writing before the court on Tuesday.

Sah has claimed that he was in Kathmandu at the time of the blast at Ramanand Chowk on April 30, 2012 that killed five persons and injured 32 others. He has mentioned in his court statement that he was framed by his adverseries.

The trial presided by Judge Rajesh KC will continue on Thursday as three more defense lawyers are due to make agruments on the defendant’s behalf. The court is also likely to hand down the decision on whether to extend Sah’s custodial remand.  

Prosecution lawyer Chandra Kumar Sharma Mainali said that Sah would possibly be sent to prison as in the case of the other suspects involved in the incident.   Meanwhile, Ram Binod Yadav, one of the bombing suspects, has been accused of murdering Arun Singhaniya, the publisher of Janakpur Today. Police has filed a case against Yadav, who is also the district vice chairman of Sadbhawana Party.

Although from the same party, Sah has claimed that he does not know Yadav in his statement. Sah has also said that he does not know the other suspect Om Prakash Yadav personally. Police, however, has said that Om Prakash was Sah’s close aide in the past.

Published: 08-05-2014 07:45

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