BIRATNAGAR: Former Attorney General Raman Kumar Shrestha and senior lawyers Sambhu Thapa, Yadunath Khanal and Raju Basnet defended suspects accused of 33 kilo gram gold smuggling and murder of co-conspirator Sanam Shakya on the third day of trial hearing at the Morang District Court on Sunday.
During today’s trial hearing, Former Attorney General Shrestha, senior lawyers Sambhu Thapa, Yadunath Khanal and Raju Basent defended police, airlines employees and gold investors accused in the case.
Likewise, lawyer Udav KC also defended the airlines employees.
Similarly, lawyers duo Shrestha and Thapa also defended Bhujung Gurung, former DIG Govinda Niraula and suspended SP Bikash Raj Khanal.
In a charge sheet, police had claimed that Bhujung Gurung, who was involved in gold smuggling since two decades, as gold investor and SP Khanal as an aide to gold smuggling kingpin Chudamani Upreti aka Gore.
Gurung dramatically changed his statement at the court. Two lawyers who are defending Gurung in the case have declined his involvement in the crime.
Senior lawyer Basnet said his clients Bal Krishna Shrestha, Lal Bahadur Magar, Birendra Man Shrestha, Sambir Prasad Tolange, Doram Khatri, Gopal Kumar Shrestha, Punya Prasad Lama, Hemant Gautam are innocent.
During the trial hearing, seniors lawyers have accused District Court of stepping over of its regional aruthority to look after the 3800 kilo gram gold smuggling case. However, they have said that the court has only right in interfering on Sanam Shakya murder case as it falls under its jurisdiction.
Earlier, the plaintiff lawyers had debated in the case on Friday. It has been learned that the defendant’s lawyer would take part in the trial hearing for few more days.
Earlier, police had arrested 30 persons and filed a case against 63 persons in connection to the 33 kilo gram gold smuggling and murder of gold carrier Sanam Shakya at the Morang District Court. However, 33 persons are at large.