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UK Bar urges govt to release CK Raut
Nov 8, 2014-
Noting that the reasons given by the authorities for Raut’s arrest cannot be justified on legal grounds, the letter states that formulation of offence under the appropriateness of the Crime Against State and Punishment Act 2046 does not meet the required standards for clarity and precision. The letter further says that the Act which was drafted during the Panchayat autocracy was enacted to repress dissent and curb the efforts of pro-democracy. The Bar has urged the government to reconsider the appropriateness of the Act.
Raut was arrested on September 13 from Morang under the Public Offence Act and was remanded to a six day custody by the Morang District Administration Office for investigation into his independent Madhes campaign.
On October 8, he was charged for allegedly inciting separatism in the Madhes region of Nepal, an offence that carries a sentence of life imprisonment. Opposing the arrest and charge levelled against him, Raut had staged an indefinite hunger strike from September 20 which he ended 11 days later, after he was hospitalised.
Published: 09-11-2014 08:54