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‘Allow Dixit to consult lawyers’

Sunday, April 24th, 2016
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The Special Court on Sunday ordered the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) to allow journalist Kanak Mani Dixit to consult his lawyers.

The CIAA had arrested Dixit, co-publisher of Himalmedia, on last Friday on the charges of ‘amassing disproportionate wealth’.

Dixit was kept in a police custody filled with persons accused of petty crimes in Gaushala, Kathmandu. He was not allowed to meet anyone except his wife.

On Sunday, Dixit’s lawyers claimed during a hearing that the CIAA violated fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution by not allowing the accused to meet the defense lawyers. And the joint bench headed by the Special Court President Mohan Raman Bhattarai ordered the anti-graft body to allow Dixit to meet and consult his lawyers.

The CIAA had sought a 30-day judicial custody for Dixit. But the court allowed the anti-graft body to keep Dixit in custody only for 10 days beginning 22 April.

The CIAA has accused Dixit of abusing his power as the Chairman of Sajha Yatayat, a public transport company, to ‘amass disproportionate wealth’. But journalists, media persons, public intellectuals and scholars within Nepal and across South Asia have say the CIAA Chief Lok Man Singh Karki is trying to take revenge against Dixit.

Dixit had been critical of Karki’s appointment as the CIAA Chief in 2013, saying a person found guilty of oppressing the Jana Andolan 2006 by abusing his power does not deserve this post. Karki was Chief Secretary during Gyanendra Shah’s regime, and he was later found guilty by an independent commission of misusing his power to suppress people.

Also read:

Fact sheet on Dixit arrest

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One Response to “‘Allow Dixit to consult lawyers’”

  1. chic on Says:

    karki is a generational indian agent, dixit is held for continually criticizing indian blockade, not karki’s appointment.

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