PATNA ‘verdict’: 11 Nepali Maoists yet to stand trial

Eleven Nepali Maoists, whose “conviction” in India the Nepali government has sought scrapping of, have not even gone on trial for various charges, including waging war against India, faced by them.

Nepali Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai had on Tuesday met Indian Ambassador to Nepal Jayant Prasad and urged him to ensure that the Indian government “annul” the verdict against the 11 Maoists, who were arrested in 2004 in Patna for their alleged involvement in anti-India activities.

The matter was also raised in Nepal’s parliament where members claimed that the Maoists had been convicted by the Patna High Court.

However, queries by PTI revealed that the case had not gone beyond the initial stages.  The Court of Additional District Judge Bashishtha Narayan Singh had on August 14 asked these Maoists, who have jumped bail and are now said to be in Nepal, to appear in court on Sept 20.  This follows the non-compliance of the non-bailable warrants of arrest issued against them in December, 2006 as they failed to turn up. The Maoist leaders are Chit Bahadur, Lokendra Thapa, Sonam, alias Kul Bahadur, KR Dahal, Hit Bahadur, Anil Shang, Dilip Mahajan, Min Prasad Apago, Ranju Thapa, Shyam Kishore Yadav and Suman Thwang.

They faces charges like waging or attempting to wage war against India, sedition and criminal conspiracy.

The Maoist leaders, including two Politburo members and six lawmakers, were arrested from a hotel in Patna on May, 2004 and were put in Beur jail for over two years.

They were released on bail in Sept 2006. Since then they have jumped bail and have not appeared in the court in response to the non-bailable warrants.

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