The Kathmandu District Court has summoned government witnesses in the attempt to rape case of former speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara.
A bench of Judge Ambar Raj Paudel hearing the case of Mahara attempting to rape federal parliament secretariat staffer Roshni Shahi on Sunday has summoned all the witnesses who signed on the documents of the public prosecutors, registrar at the court Ananda Shrestha told Setopati.
"The bench has summoned the doctors who conducted health checkup of the complainant, specialists who conducted forensic tests of the materials recovered from the site, and other witnesses who signed on the documents," Shrestha added.
The Kathmandu District Court on November 4, 2019 had sent Mahara to prison during the course of case deeming that he seems to have attempted to rape Shahi.
Mahara was arrested on October 6 on charge of attempting to rape federal parliament secretariat staffer Roshni Shahi at her rented apartment on September 29.
Recording of Mahara's statement was completed on November 1. He has claimed that he reached near Shahi's apartment that evening but did not meet the victim.
Shahi had claimed an inebriated Mahara reached her rented apartment in Tinkune with a bottle of whiskey when there was no one else in the apartment and raped her.
She had called the police within an hour of the alleged incident and a team from Metropolitan Police Circle, New Baneshwore had immediately reached her rented apartment in Tinkune and recorded details from her.
The video statement recorded by the police at the site of incident that night was considered the strongest evidence in the charge-sheet filed with the court.
Shahi claimed, in the video interview given to journalist Ajay Babu Shiwakoti the next day, that Mahara hurriedly went out after she threatened to complain to police.
The police had recovered broken spectacles and insole of shoe from Shahi's apartment on the night of incident. Tests have showed the power of recovered spectacles is similar to that used by Mahara. This is the second strongest evidence against Mahara.