Arrest Warrant Issued for CPN General Secretary Netrabikram Chand (Biplab) and Three Others

  December 5, 2023 By: INSEC

Kathmandu District Court has issued a 35-day arrest warrant against four leaders of the Communist Party of Nepal, including General Secretary Netrabikram Chand (Biplab).

The District Court of Kathmandu published a notice in the Gorkhapatra National Daily on December 4 and issued a 35-day notice against CPN General Secretary Biplab along with party spokesperson Khadga Bahadur Vishwakarma (Prakand), valley in-charge Maila Lama, All Nepal Peasants’ Federation Chairperson Raju Karki in the case of crimes against the state.

The Kathmandu District Court has filed a case against four individuals, previously issued arrest warrants on September 26, 2019, for allegedly committing offenses against the nation by disrupting relations between federal units and among different castes or sects.

The bench of the Kathmandu District Court on November 26 ordered the issuance of a 35-day warrant stating that the accused were absconding. The district court has directed the accused individuals in the case to personally appear and submit all relevant evidence within 35 days from the date of the publication of the notice of the arrest warrant. In addition, if the individual does not appear in the court within 35 days of the published date, the case will be according to the law and will not be heard later.

The government led by then-Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli issued a ban on the Netra Bikram Chand (Biplab)-led Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) on March 12, 2019 in response to escalating violent incidents against the nation and its citizens.

Two years after the government imposed the ban, the government lifted the ban imposed on the CPN after a three-point agreement between then Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa (Badal) and CPN spokesperson and head of the negotiation team Khadga Bahadur Bishwakarma (Prakanda) on March 4, 2021.

The third point of the agreement outlined that the ban imposed on the Nepal Communist Party should be lifted. Additionally, it called for the release of leaders and party workers currently in prison and to dismiss all related cases.

INSEC issued a press release expressing its welcome and appreciation for the three-point agreement between the Government of Nepal and the Communist Party of Nepal led by Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplab on March 5.

The agreement between the government and the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) was featured in the Nepal Human Rights Year Book 2022. It was summarized under the title ‘Initiatives towards the End of Violent Conflict’.

 


Bimal Poudel