Supreme Court overturns Ranjan Koirala release, Jails him again

May 26, 2022

The Supreme Court has overturned the decision to reduce the life sentence of former DIG of Armed Police Force Ranjan Koirala. Earlier, suspended Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana and Justice Tej Bdr KC had issued a verdict to reduce Koirala’s sentence from life imprisonment to 8.5 years for brutally murdering his wife Gita Dhakal.

On July 23, 2020, a bench of suspended Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana and Justice Tej Bahadur had reduced the life imprisonment to 8.5 years and released him. But, a full bench of the court today (May 26, 2022) reversed the decision.

A full bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Deepak Kumar Karki and justices Tanka Bahadur Moktan and Kumar Chudal overturned the verdict issued by the then Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana and Justice Tej Bahadur KC.

Because Koirala had just completed 8.5 years behind bars, he will now have to serve the remaining part of the 20-year imprisonment. Accordingly, he will be jailed for 11.5 more years.

Background of the incident:
DIG Ranjan and Geeta had married in 1993 AD, Two sons were born to them. Geeta suddenly disappeared on January 11, 2012. It was later revealed that Ranjan murdered her in the house based in Budhanilkantha and burnt her body in the jungle of Tistung, Makwanpur. On January 22, 2012, Koirala had been arrested from Thankot while he was returning to Kathmandu from Narayangadh.
Koirala had been serving a jail term since then until July 23, 2022.