| March 20, 2019

Bir officials remanded to custody for forging papers over rape case

Bir officials remanded  to custody for forging  papers over rape case
KATHMANDU, Jan 20: The Kathmandu District Court Kathmandu has remanded three Bir Hospital officials and a relative of a convicted rapist on charge of their alleged involvement in forging official documents to protect the convict.

The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police on Tuesday had arrested Laxman Aryal, member-secretary of Bir Hospital's National Academy of Medical Science (NAMS) and two other hospital officials as well as father-in-law of the convicted rapist Uddav Prasad Nepal, who is serving jail term at the Central Jail, Kathmandu.

According to Inspector Rakesh Thapa of the CIB, the forgery of the documents came to light after the convict appealed at the Patan Appellate Court with the said documents claiming that he was hospitalized at the time of the rape.

"The court doubted the documents which included admission sheet, discharge sheet, medical bills among others presented along with the appeal file. The police were handed the case for further inquiry," said the inspector.

During investigation, the police identified that Bir Hospital's radiographer Krishna Prasad Timilsina, 46, of Pangretar Sindhupalchowk, was an elder brother to Nepal from his maternal family. According to the police, Timilsina first replaced digital records of a patient named Bijaya Kumar Kapali with that of Uddav Prasad Nepal but was caught while making a failed attempt to replace the name from the original record of the patient's register book with the support of NAMS Member Secretary Aryal.

The fake documents clearly indicated that Nepal was admitted at the Bir Hospital for some treatment, which was in contrast to the findings of the first investigation report prepared by the District Police Office, Sindhuplchowk.

The other arrested are Rajesh Kumar Karki, 50, from Sunakothi, Lalitpur, who was working at the emergency department at the Bir Hospital and assisted in faking those documents. Ram Prasad Parajuli aka Kedarnath, 62, the father-in-law of the convict, was arrested for his involvement in mediating messages between the wrongdoers and approaching the court with fake documents.

Sindhupalchowk District Court had convicted Nepal about a year ago on the charge of raping a married woman. The lady was raped on June 19, 2013 but the fake document claimed that Nepal was under treatment at the Bir Hospital from June 18 to June 26 of 2013. The forgery was designed by the hospital officials after the convict was ready to pay Rs 50,000 for the illegal job.