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Nepal ex-king's son-in-law in police net

world Updated: Aug 08, 2010 16:05 IST
HT Correspondent

Policemen at Kathmandu's Hanuman Dhoka police station had a rare 'guest' on Friday night - former Nepal king Gyanendra Shah's son-in-law Raj Bahadur Singh.

The 34-year-old who was in the news recently for joining Nepal Janata Dal, a small political party, was arrested by police from a disco along 17 others for violating prohibitory orders.

Singh, married to Gyanendra's daughter Prerana, was found indulging in drunken behavior with friends including six women at Platinum Disco within Yak and Yeti Hotel at 1:30 am.

Rules prohibit discos and dance bars to operate after 12:00 am. A police team had asked Singh and others to disperse, but since they didn't heed, all of them were arrested and put in custody.

According to reports, Singh and others were handcuffed and kept in police station till early hours of Saturday. They were released after signing written statements promising not to indulge in such activities.

Kathmandu Superintendent of Police Ramesh Kharel was quoted by Republica that the police did not get into personal status of the detainees and acted only to maintain law and order.

Singh, a commoner who joined NJD recently along with supporters, is the owner of Casino Royale, one of Kathmandu's busiest casinos located within the premises of Yak and Yeti Hotel.

Monarchy in Nepal was abolished two years ago. Unlike in the past when royals used to enjoy an exalted status and their 'indiscretions' overlooked, they are treated as ordinary citizens these days.