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Three arrested over Lalita Niwas scam register writ of habeas corpus

2023 Jun 30, 7:55, Kathmandu

Three of four remanded to police custody for further investigations into Lalita Niwas land procurement scam have reached the Supreme Court with a writ of habeas corpus.

According to SC Spokesperson Bimal Paudel, former election commissioner Sudhir Kumar Shah, Bhatbhateni Supermarket Franchise proprietor Min Bahadur Gurung and Inland Revenue Office former employee Dharma Prasad Gautam registered a writ of habeas corpus on Thursday at the apex court. The court is scheduled to conduct a hearing on the writ Friday.

They were arrested on June 27 along with another alleged in the land-grabbing scam, Gopal Karki. They were presented before the Kathmandu District Court on June 29 and the court allowed the police to continue investigations against them by keeping them in custody for seven days.

Earlier, police decided to release three accused Kaladhar Deuja, Surendraman Kapali and Hupendra Mani KC after completing required paperwork after they were found possessing the Supreme Court's stay order against their arrests.

The interim order by the Supreme Court asks the authorities to investigate the matter keeping them out of custody.

Police said they are conducting a 'special operation' in connection with the infamous Lalita Niwas land-grab scandal. The arrested are charged of forgery in bringing the land belonging to the Lalita Niwas in Baluwatar under the ownerships of individuals from 2049 BS to 2069 BS.


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