Supreme Court to Deliver Verdict on Amnesty Grant to Regal, Murder Convict

Regal was released after serving approximately half of his sentence.
November 2, 2023
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The Supreme Court (SC) is set to rule today in the matter of Yog Bahadur Dhakal, alias Regal, who was granted amnesty by the President on Constitution Day.

The Supreme Court’s spokesperson, Bhadrakali Pokharel, stated that the full bench, which includes Chief Justice Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada, Sapana Pradhan Malla, and Dr. Kumar Chudal, has set Thursday as the day for the decision.

“On Wednesday, both sides concluded their debate. “The bench has set today as the date for the decision,” he stated.

Regal, who was serving a prison sentence for the murder of Chetan Manandhar, was granted amnesty at the suggestion of the government by President Ram Chandra Paudel.

On October 9, Chetan Manandhar’s wife, Bharati Manandhar Sherpa, filed a writ before the Supreme Court challenging that ruling.

On July 23, 2015, Chetan Manandhar, 29, of Nepalgunj-8, was hit with a stick at Dhambozhi Chowk. Regal had fled after Manandhar’s death.

Regal, accused of murdering Manandhar, appeared in court and surrendered two months later in September.

He was then imprisoned pending trial.

Regal was convicted of Manandhar’s murder in April 2019 by District Court Banke and sentenced to life in prison.

The court sentenced 12 other defendants to 3 to 10 years in prison after concluding that they were engaged in Manandhar’s murder.

Sohan Singh Dhakal, a member of Regal’s group, was condemned to ten years in prison by the bench of then-District Court Judge Bishnu Subedi.

Regal’s group members Madhav Nepali, Biraj Pathak, Hari Oli, Manish Chaulagain, Pritam Thapa, Yam Bahadur Budha Magar, and Keshav Bahadur Rokaya were all sentenced to three years in prison.

Premdhwaj Khatri alias Prashant Gautam, Chabilal Basnet alias Vishal, Navraj Khatri, and Mohanlal Khadka were similarly condemned to life in jail.

Regal was released after serving approximately half of his sentence.

Along with the opposition, representatives of the ruling party and civil society condemned the parole of murder convict Regal.


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