Nepal Supreme Court justice shot dead
KATHMANDU: Nepal's Supreme Court justice Rana Bahadur Bam was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Kathmandu on Thursday.
According to police, two men on motorcycle stopped the car he was travelling in while returning from a local temple and shot him several times through the window. He was immediately rushed to a hospital.
He had been shot in the head and when he was brought to Norvic Hospital, his condition was not very good, said a hospital source. "He had been taken to two other hospitals before he was brought here," the source who did not want to be named said.
No arrests have been made. His bodyguard has been injured but nothing happened to his driver, who is being held by the police for questioning.
"Investigations are underway," said Rabiraj Shrestha, police spokesman.
Bam, 61, was a controversial judge against whom the process of impeachment was underway for his "inability to fulfill his responsibilities" but no such proposal had been registered in the now defunct parliament.
He was not handling any cases in the court, according to Supreme Court spokesman Shrikanta Poudel. He did not elaborate the reason behind it.
According to local reports, a pamphlet of an unheard of Nepalbad Party was found at the scene of the crime. The pamphlet said that this action was taken against corruption in the judiciary.