Narayan Dhungana – Legal practitioners, journalists and civil society people have unanimous opinions that there should be no hurdles in conducting a fair and independent invest..igation into the de…ath issue of journalist Shalikram Pudasaini. In a press statement today, various organisations have demanded a fair inquiry into the case, and action if anyone is found guilty in it. It has been stre…ssed that none should take a move capable of influe..ncing the investigation process when some people have already been under police investi…gation. “The right to give a final verdict in regard with the case is with the court and it would keep no meaning to be judgmental at an individual level,” they said. According to Nepal Bar Association Chitwan former president Gopilal Devkota, the authorised body holds the right to take ‘suspects’ under control for inves…tigation. Three people including television programme presenter Rabi Lamichhaine have presently remained in police detention for investi..gations into the case. The court should be allowed to settle the case without any undue pressure, he ass…erted.
In view of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) chair Radheshyam Khatiwada, there is no alternative to waiting the court verdict in regard with the case.Chitwan’s Superintendent of Police Dan Bahadur Malla said unwanted activities taking place in Chitwan in regard with the case were under the police scrutiny. mThe FNJ few days ago had issued a press statement, seeking a fair investigation into the matter. More, it has expressed its concern over the arrest of journalist from the Medical Village.The Civil Society, Chitwan on Sunday through a press note sought an atmosphere for impartial investigations into the case. The society has called on the civic community not to create any sorts of pressure to influence the inquiry and to contribute for fair and just investigations.