Police have arrested the former speaker of Nepal’s parliament after a female employee in the assembly accused him of rape.
A police van arrived at Krishna Bahadur Mahara’s residence late on Sunday & took him into custody after the district court ordered his arrest.
“He was taken into custody on Sunday to investigate the case” Shyam Lal Gyawali, Kathmandu police spokesman told BBC news agency.Mahara, a senior member of the ruling Nepal Communist Party & former Maoist rebel denied the allegation but stepped down as speaker last week after the woman gave details of the assault to the media.
The communist government had faced mounting pressure over the case.In a video interview published by hamrakura.com news website last month, the woman said Mahara was drunk when he arrived at her home on September 29.
He allegedly persuaded her to drink alcohol before assaulting her.”I had not thought it would come to this. He forced himself on me.
He left after I said I will call the police,” she said in the interview. The woman showed apparent bruises on her arms, hands & feet.
Police said they went to her home the same night but she did not file a case straight away. Investigators collected evidence including a bottle of whisky & a pair of broken spectacles allegedly belonging to Mahara, police said.