Former Deputy Inspector General of Armed Police Force, Ranjan Koirala, who was incarcerated on the charge of murdering his wife has been released from prison before completion of his full sentence.
Koirala was released following the decision of the Supreme Court, waving 11 years of jail term. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Kathmandu District Court in 2071 BS for his crime. The decision had been upheld by the Appellate Court. However, the joint bench of Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana and Justice Tej Bahadur KC ordered to slash his jail-term. Koirala had brutally murdered his wife eight and half years ago and destroyed evidence by burning her body.
The decision of the Supreme Court drew a lot of criticism. The decision of the Supreme Court is inappropriate. The seriousness of the heinous crime doesn’t allow the reduction of the term. It surges the prevailing culture of total impunity which allows murderers of the people to flaunt their crimes, knowing they can get away with anything. Now, the powerful continue to strut around their crime scenes and they are protected by their top connections.
Now, the image and dignity of our judiciary have been questioned due to the latest decision taken by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court was the last resort to question the wrong decision passed by lower courts but now, the hope and dignity have been shattered due to this verdict. Now, people are in a quandary as the Supreme Court was supposed to fix the wrong decision made by lower courts.
In a country where impunity reigns, this wrong decision raises fear of more crimes in the future. For how many years should we allow heinous crimes to go unpunished? We should stop the prevailing culture of total impunity.
We should raise our voice against the verdict taken by the Supreme Court. Else, the powerful will continue to strut around their crime scenes. And it will be the mockery of the freedom that we brought sacrificing fighters.
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