HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court today quashed an Appellate Court decision to release on bail an ex-army man, who allegedly threatened to kidnap a lawyer’s wife by sending an SMS from abroad.
A division bench of Justices Baidhya Nath Upadhayay and Gyanendra Bahadur Karki quashed the two-month-old decision of the Patan Appellate Court to free Eak Raj Ranamagar, who allegedly threatened to kidnap advocate Uddav Kumar KC’s wife.
The message from Kosovo stated that if KC failed to pay Rs 10 million ransom, Ranamagar would kidnap his wife.
Following the hearing today, the bench pronounced that the court of appeal was not justified and sent the case back to the appellate court for a review.
Even though the accused attended the hearing, he escaped from the court premises just before the issuance of the order.
On February 24, the Patan Appellate Court had released Ranamagar stating that just because the SMS threat came from the cell phone belonging to Ranamagar is not sufficient to detain him on abduction charge.
Ranamagar was arrested and detained for three months immediately after he returned from Kosovo in November last year.
Ranamagar’s case is being heard at the Kathmandu district court and his lawyers have argued that the defendant was arbitrarily detained based on a ‘prank’ SMS.