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Twisted justice



Gordon William Robinson, a notorious international drug-lord who was arrested with contraband drug in Kathmandu, was released from Dilli Bajar Jail on 23 April after the Supreme Court acquitted him. He was arrested in Dharan the next day. A few days later, the police handed him over to a businessman from Kathmandu. He then fled. The Judicial Investigation Committee, formed to investigate the controversial court verdict on the Robinson case, has held the court and the police responsible for the entire saga. The report of the three-member committee headed by Supreme Court justice Min Bahadur Rayamajhi which was submitted to chief justice Govind Bahadur Shrestha two months ago is yet to be made public. The committee was supposed to initiate action based on the committee's recommendation but has not done anything as yet. It has now become clear that Chandeshwor Lama, a businessman from Boudha, received Robinson in Kathmandu with the help of the police. Robinson was accompanied by Lama's relatives to Kathmandu. Prior to this, Robinson headed to Dharan accompanied by Rajan Bohora. When questioned by the probe committee, Bohora quoted Robinson as saying: "You can't imagine how much money I have spent. I am going to be released tomorrow." Police had arrested Robinson from Bohora's house in Dharan but released him after Chandeshwor's man, Resham Lama, arrived. "Robinson is believed to have been taken to Kathmandu to settle a deal," said a member of the committee. The report says Chandeshwor Lama met Robinson as many as 25 times when he was in detention at Dilli Bajar. Lama was at the jail with his car when Robinson's acquittal was announced by the Supreme Court. Chandeshwor lives near chief justice Shrestha's Boudha residence. When Robinson appealed against the Special Court's verdict to slap him with a 17-year imprisonment, a single bench of Shrestha himself, who was acting chief justice, summoned the petitioner and the defendants to the court. Shrestha initiated the case in the absence of then-chief justice Kedar Nath Upadhya. (Nepalnews.com Translation Service)


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