Kathmandu: The Supreme Court (SC) has issued a show-cause notice to the government on a habeas corpus petition filed by Charles Sobhraj alias ‘The Bikini Killer’ doing time in Nepal’s prison.
Responding to the petition, a single bench of Justice Anil Kumar Sinha issued a show-cause notice to the defendants. Sobhraj had moved the apex court claiming that he has already severed the required jail term.
In a preliminary hearing today, the bench asked the defendants to furnish reason within three days for keeping Sobhraj under custody and if his jail term can be waived as per facility received by senior citizens.
Sobhraj, in his petition, has claimed that foreign nationals should also be entitled to a facility that mentions that jail term of inmates aged over 70 years can be curtailed by 75 percent.
Sobhraj was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Kathmandu District Court on August 20, 2004, for the murders of two foreign nationals in Nepal. Also known as ‘The Splitting Killer’ and ‘The Serpent’, Sobhraj is believed to have murdered up to 24 people.