Court gives clean chit to CK Raut

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KATHMANDU, APR 23 – The Special Court on Thursday gave clean chit to Madhesi political activist CK Raut who was facing sedition charge.

A division bench led by Special Court Chairman Justice Mohan Raman Bhattarai and compring  Justices Pawan Kumar Sharma and Mahesh Prasad Pudasini issued the verdict in Raut’s favour citing lack of enough claims.

Advocates Dipendra Jha, Surendra Mahato and Birendra Thakur had defended Raut in this case.

Raut was arrested on September 14 from Morang and was booked under the Public Offence Act. The Morang District Administration Office had then remanded Raut to six-day custody to probe his campaign for “independent Madhes”. The Supreme Court later asked police to present Raut before court.

However, the Home Ministry had directed Morang police to produce Raut before the Special Court citing that ‘the anti-national cases’ are only dealt with by the Special Court.

On October 8, the Morang District Attorney Office filed a sedition charge at the Special Court against CK Raut, arguing that Raut advocated a separate national anthem and flag meant for a separate Madhesh nation in the coming days.

Raut, a campaigner of independent Madhes, was arrested on the charge of sedition in September, and later released in November, after he deposited a bail of Rs 50,000.