Lottery king denies in SC charges of absconding in Nepal

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New Delhi, Jan 17 (UNI) Congress MP from Tezpur in Assam Mani Kumar Subba has denied in the Supreme Court allegations of absconding from a jail in Nepal where he was allegedly serving a sentence in a murder case.

Subba submitted before the court that the man known as Maniraj Limbu was acquitted of the charge of murder by the full bench of the Supreme Court of Nepal on April 13, 1982.

Subba, who is considered to be the lottery king of North-East, has also alleged that the petitioner in the Supreme Court Birendra Nath Singh had committed a forgery by adding Mani Kumar after Maniraj to create an impression that, ''I was the convict in the murder case in Nepal.'' The 49 year-old Lok Sabha member has also asserted that Limbu was in jail when Nepal Supreme Court decided the case because Nepal Supreme Court does not hear appeals in murder cases unless and until the accused is in jail, therefore, the question ''of my absconding from jail does not arise and the petition is frivolous and motivated.'' The Supreme Court had directed the CBI to investigate the allegations and also to collect evidence to prove that the Congress MP is an Indian national.

CBI was, however, pulled up by the Supreme Court when it failed to inform the court whether he was really an Indian citizen because the investigating agency failed to collect any evidence regarding his place of birth , his schooling and his higher studies.

The writ petition is still pending in the Supreme Court.

UNI AKS/SC SY RP HS1655

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