RAJBIRAJ, JUL 16 – The Kathmandu District Court on Tuesday absolved Abdul Rahman alias Munna of Portaha VDC-1, Saptari, who was detained on the charge of writing comments on the social networking site Facebook.
A bench of the Kathmandu District Court judge Kul Prasad Sharma decided to clear Rahman of the charges.
Rahman, on May 31, wrote ‘It has not improved, had to pay even to get back my bike that was stolen, that also for Rs 50,000’ on his Facebook status inresponse to a news titled ‘Improving Security in Saptari’ published in the Nagarik national vernacular daily was posted on the social networking site.
The Saptari Police arrested Rahman on June 1 from Rajbiraj-3 allegedly for writing that comment on the Facebook. He was presented before the Saptari District Court on June 16 seeking a detention order against him on the charge.
The Police had presented him before the Saptari District Court instead of at the Kathmandu District Court which has the jurisdiction to look into cases pertaining to the Electronic Transaction Act . He should have been presented before the court within 24 hours of his arrest excluding the travel time, but was instead presented nearly 18 days after his arrest.
The Saptari Police had filed a case against Rahman seeking five years imprisonment and up to Rs 100,000 in fine against him under the Electronic Transaction Act . He was presented before the Kathmandu District Court on June 19 and the court released him on a bail of Rs. 5,000.