Police to seek permission to keep Mahara in custody

Kathmandu, October 20

Officials investigating the attempt to rape charge against former Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara say they will seek permission from Kathmandu District Court to remand former speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara in custody for a few more days as they need more time on the case.

Police on October 15 had asked for three more days to keep Mahara in custody, but it has not been able to carry out the investigation as both the police and the court have failed to record Mahara’s statement.

Police officials plan to take Mahra, who is currently in hospital, to Kathmandu District Court on Sunday to seek permission to keep him in custody for a few more days, informed SSP Uttam Raj Subedi.

They say that Mahara has been avoiding answering questions citing health issues. Police officials say that they will try to record his statement once the court gives them permission to keep him in custody for three more days.

Mahara was arrested in his residence on October 6 after an official complaint was filed by a parliament secretariat staffer who has accused Mahara of sexual misconduct.