Probe panel points out police officers’ negligence in Nirmala’s case

By A Staff Reporter

Kathmandu, Oct. 9: The police investigation officials whose negligence were pointed out in the report of the government-formed probe panel on Nirmala Panta’s rape and murder case may face five years’ imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 50,000.
The probe panel formed under joint-secretary Hari Prasad Mainali had recommended departmental action against the then District Police Officer of Kanchanpur and Superintendent of Police (SP) Dilli Raj Bista for his negligence and unwillingness to investigate the brutal killing of Panta after her rape. The investigation report has mentioned that Panta was gang-raped.
The final report of the probe panel was made public after Mainali’s team submitted the report to Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa Badal on Sunday evening at the Ministry.
The newly introduced Criminal Code Act-2018 in its Chapter (4) and Clause 89, sub-clause (1), have the provisions of five-year jail sentence and Rs. 50,000 fine for those who deliberately prepare fake police evidences and present innocent people as guilty in any criminal act.
Similarly, Clause (99) of the same law has provisioned five months’ jail and Rs. 5,000 fine for those government officials who hold responsibility to prepare and present government-side case to the court.
Advocate Bipin Adhikari said that both the cases as mentioned in Chapter 4 of Clause 89 and 99 may attract charges against the erring government officials.
The government’s probe panel report submitted on Sunday had also mentioned that the Criminal Code Act’s clause number 36’s sub-clause 2 and 89 would be attracted for those who tortured the innocent people under the custody and forced them to accept the crime they didn’t commit.
The clause 36 has mentioned that those who help commit crime and assist the real assailants to flee the scene and destroy evidences through the help of other means would be considered as complicits of real criminals.
Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and spokesperson at the Nepal Police Headquarters Shailesh Thapa Chhetri said that the Police Headquarters was studying the full report of the government.
“The Headquarters would implement the report and its recommendation, and if necessary, we will be ready to bring SP Dilli Raj Bista and other police officials in our custody for detailed investigations into the case,” SSP Chhetri said.

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