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Sobhraj dreams to make millions by suing London-based author

world Updated: Nov 17, 2008 20:47 IST
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Celebrity criminal Charles Gurmukh Sobhraj is dreaming to make millions from 'The Bikini Murders', a novel reportedly inspired from his life, by suing the London-based author and screenplay writer, Farrukh Dhondy.

"My French and British lawyers are reading the book which was launched in Delhi by Harper Collins to decide how to file a libel case," 65-year-old Sobhraj said.

Sobhraj, who is serving life imprisonment for murdering an American tourist in 1975 in Kathmandu Central Jail since 2004, told a jail staff that he will make millions by dragging Dhondy to court for writing a book on his life without taking permission from him.

The criminal mastermind, who has "married" a Nepali beauty, seems to be upset as he has been portrayed as a 'Bikini killer' targeting western women.

The book also portrays Sobhraj confessing the crime, which the criminal claims as false.

However, a senior jail official said they have not yet been informed about any such move by Sobhraj.

"So far, there is no such information," the officer said on condition of anonymity.

"Sobhraj may be playing another propaganda to get media attention as his next hearing is approaching soon," he said.

The Supreme Court has fixed December 8 as another date for hearing on Sobhrajs murder case.

It is not so easy for a person confined in the jail to file a case in a foreign country, said Supreme Court lawyer Dinesh Tripathi.

"It may be a publicity stunt by Sobhraj to get attention of the public as his hearing is coming closer," Tripathi said.

Sobhrajs "marriage" to 19-year-old Nihita Bishwas was splashed in the media, with many seeing the relationship as a stunt to gain sympathy of the Nepalese people.

The "Bikini Killer" was arrested from Royale Casino in the capital five years ago and sentenced to lifer by Kathmandu District Court for murdering an American backpacker 35 years ago.

Later, he appealed at the Patan Appellate Court claiming that he was innocent in the case. However, after the Appellate Court endorsed the district courts verdict he moved the Supreme Court as the last resort to seek freedom.