Police in Nepal have arrested the Maoist former speaker of parliament, Krishna Bahadur Mahara, after a female member of staff accused him of rape.
He resigned from his post on Tuesday.
Nepal’s defrocked House Speaker Krishna Bdr. Mahara being taken into police custody following rape allegation.
fer at the Parliament Secretariat, had lodged the complaint against Mahara on Friday citing an attempt to rape and acts of violence,
the police said.
Mahara has been taken to Metropolitan Police Circle Singhadurbar, The Himalayan Times reported.The Kathmandu District Court had earlier granted permission to the Nepal Police to arrest Mahara based on FIR that was lodged against him following an allegation of rape.
The victim who is a staffer at the Parliament Secretariat had lodged the complaint against Mahara on Friday citing an attempt to rape & acts of violence, the police said.
Mahara who decided to step down as the Speaker on October 1 after reports surfaced that he had visited the woman’s apartment in Tinkune & forced himself violently on her in a drunken stupor has not resigned as a Member of Parliament, The Kathmandu post said.
Last week was marked by confusion & concerns given the silence maintained by the ruling Nepal Communist Party & the Nepal Police’s past failures to act in cases related to high profile officials & politicians.