SC orders police to produce Raut before court by Friday

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
SC orders police to produce Raut before court by Friday

Sep 15, 2014-

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered Nepal Police to present Chandra Kant Raut in person before the court by Friday. A single bench of Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana issued the order in response to a habeas corpus petition filed by Raut’s brother Surya Kant.

Police on Saturday had arrested the Madhes rights activist, Raut, on the charge of his involvement in secessionist campaign from Rangeli of Morang district. Raut has been booked under the Public Offence Act. Police claim that they have evidence to prove his involvement in a separatist movement. Police officials in Biratnagar, where Raut is currently being held in custody, said they found documents related to a separate Madhes, including its “national anthem and flag” and blueprint for a separate state in his possession.

Deputy Inspector General Navraj Silwal, the chief of Eastern Regional Police Office said they had produced relevant papers before Raut’s arrest and that due process was followed before and after he was taken to custody. “Raut, upon being given the warrant paper, had consented to come with the police team,” said Silwal.

The Morang District Administration Office on Sunday remanded Raut to a six-day custody to probe his campaign for “independent Madhes”. Raut had been under watch for the past few months for his radical political views.

Three weeks ago, he spoke to the Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee of the Constituent Assembly, arguing that the citizens should be given the right to secede.

Several Madhes-based organisations have opposed the arrest, terming it as “undemocratic and illegal”. They have demanded Raut’s immediate release. Rights activists and civil society members in Kathmandu expressed concerns about “Raut’s extra-judicial arrest and detention.” In a statement on Sunday, 26 rights defenders, lawyers, academicians and writers objected to the arrest, which “violated the fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution”.

Madhesi activist Tul Narayan Sah welcomed the Supreme Court order on Monday, adding that he was concerned about Raut’s safety.  

Meanwhile, protests were organised in some Tarai districts to press for Raut’s release. Six protesters were injured when they clashed with police at Bharadaha in Saptari on Monday evening.  

Independent Madhesi Youth-Student Network in Saptari and Nawalparasi submitted memorandums to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala through the local administrations demanding Raut’s immediate release.

 

Published: 16-09-2014 09:19

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