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Freedom eludes Charles Sobhraj

Bikini-killer Charles Gurmukh Sobhraj’s “dream” to be a free-man was shattered as Nepal’s Supreme Court set aside his plea for release and forwarded a forged passport case to a lower court, reports Anirban Roy.

world Updated: Jan 14, 2009 00:47 IST
Anirban Roy

Bikini-killer Charles Gurmukh Sobhraj’s “dream” to be a free-man was shattered on Tuesday as Nepal’s Supreme Court set aside his plea for release and forwarded a forged passport case to a lower court.

A division bench of the Supreme Court directed the Patan Appellate Court to look into the case of a forged passport registered by Nepal Police against Sobhraj.

Trial of a murder case will resume in the apex court only after the passport case is decided.

The order means Sobhraj would have to stay behind bars for an interminable period, which could exceed the 20-year term slapped on him for murder.