Priest held for land document forgeryPolice on Monday detained the priest of Janakpur-based Ratna Sagar Temple in a land forgery case.
Police on Monday detained the priest of Janakpur-based Ratna Sagar Temple in a land forgery case.
Superintendent of Police Govinda Thapaliya said the temple priest, Ashok Sharma, was being questioned in custody after he was accused of forging land ownership papers for 2.5 bighas of land owned by Janak Hajari Vidyapith of Nepal Sanskrit University.
Bijaya Chaudhary, the headmaster of Janak Hajari Vidyapith, had filed a police complaint against Sharma, accusing him of trying to sell the land to one Mahantha Baikuntha Das Baisnav of Ratna Sagar Math.
According to SP Thapaliya, the land in question was donated to Janak Hajari Vidyapith by the Central Guthi Sansthan 25 years ago.
Sharma had used forged documents to transfer the title to Baisnav’s name.
Janakpur High Court is due to hear the case on Tuesday.
Seven people under probe over citizenship fraud
The Sunsari District Administration Office (DAO) arrested seven people including a ward member of Itahari-8 on charge of forging documents to issue citizenship to an ineligible person.
Chief District Officer Prem Prakash Uprety said Ganesh Harijan, Murti Harijan, Sitadevi Harijan, Shyamu Mochi, Basudev Harijan, Sita Chamar and Jitani Devi Mochi were remanded in custody for investigation on Monday.
Budha Narayan Chaudhary, the officiating ward chairman of Itahari-8, is also under investigation for issuing citizenship recommendation letter, CDO Uprety said.
On October 24, Ganesh Harijan had acquired a citizenship certificate from the DAO by presenting fake papers.