2 ministers share a stage with rape-accused Siddhababa

Biratnagar, July 19

Two ministers of the federal government have been found sharing a stage with rape-accused religious leader Krishna Giri aka Siddhababa.

Communications and Information Technology Minister Gyanendra Bahadur Karki and Labour and Employment Minister Sher Bahadur Kunwar attended the opening of a weeklong religious event in Kathmandu.

Minister Karki even addressed the event praising Siddhababa. “You have selected Chatara of Sunsari for your ashram and it is a matter of luck for all the people in the region.”

Meanwhile, an advocate comments such an act might influence the verdict. “High officials sharing a stage with crime suspects is a serious issue.”

In December 2020, the Sunsari District Court acquitted him of the rape charge. However, expressing dissatisfaction with the verdict, the government attorneys filed an appeal for the review.

Following the review, the Biratnagar High Court has voided the District Court’s decision to acquit him. It means the case is put on trial at the District Court again.

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