Kathmandu: Bharati Manandhar, whose husband Chetan Manandhar was murdered by Yogaraj Dhakal, also known as ‘Rigal,’ has filed a writ against the decision of the government to grant pardon to Dhakal at the Supreme Court. President Ram Chandra Paudel, on recommendation of the council of ministers, had granted remission for the remaining jail terms of Dhakal on the occasion of the Constitution Day on September 20.
Chetan was killed in Nepalgunj on July 13, 2015 by Dhakal. Banke district court had convicted him for murder and issued life sentence to him.
Manandhar has been raising objection to the presidential pardon to the murderer of her husband and has been staging hunger strike against the decision in Kathmandu.
On Wednesday, she collapsed at the Supreme Court premises while returning after taking summon letter from the court.
President Paudel has defended the move citing the constitutional provision in which the President is not supposed to reject submission on any topic brought by the government. President’s move, however, has met with fierce criticism from the public.
In a video on Tuesday, Bharati questioned president’s move. “Now that the amnesty has been given to the murderer, where would I go for justice?” She questioned. “Now that the murderer has been freed, I have a fear that he might kill me too. Victims do not justice here.”