चार्ल्स शोभराजकी २० वर्षीया गर्लफ्रेन्ड निहिता विश्वासको याहू मेलबाट आज सञ्चार माध्यमहरुमा एउटा वक्तव्य आयो। दंग परे पत्रकारहरु निहिताको प्रेस विज्ञप्ति आएकोमा। तर हैन, कता त्यो निहिताको प्रेस विज्ञप्ति हुनु ? त्यो त चार्ल्स शोभराजको प्रेस विज्ञप्ति पो रहेछ। जेलमा रहे पनि उनले आफ्नी नवयौवना प्रेमिकाको माध्यमबाट प्रेस विज्ञप्ति पठाएका रहेछन्।
विज्ञप्तिमा दि हिमालयन टाइम्सप्रति आक्रोश पोखिएको छ। यही दैनिकका कारण नै केही वर्षअघि शोभराज गिरफ्तार भएका थिए। उनले आफू सिरियल किलर नभएको बताउँदै आफ्नो बारेमा जथाभावी लेख्ने दि हिमालयन टाइम्सविरुद्ध मानहानीको मुद्दा दायर गर्ने बताएका छन्। उनले हिमालयन टाइम्सको नालिबेली नै खोतलेका छन्। उनको विज्ञप्तिको पूर्ण विवरण हेर्न भित्र आउनुस्।
Press Statement By Charles Sobhraj
Dear Friends of the Media,
I would like to draw your attention to the continued persecution and assassination of my character by the Himalayan Times daily, repeated falsification of news with malicious intention and violation of all journalistic ethics and norms.
I would also like to caution the newspapers, news agencies and television channels, which have been basing their news on the Himalayan Times’ reports, that they are utterly false and defamatory. My lawyers are filing a defamation case against the Himalayan Times in Nepal’s Supreme Court and a complaint with the Federation of Nepalese Journalists and Press Council Nepal. Anyone who uses the Himalayan Times reports without crosschecking facts will also face similar action.
Here are the facts of the case, supported by evidence.
A section of the media has been continuously calling me a serial killer without any evidence. I was never convicted of murder by any court. The current conviction by Nepal’s district court is now being heard in the Supreme Court and till the final verdict comes, remains sub judice.
When my fiancée Nihita Biswas refused to speak to the Himalayan Times – which remains within her rights – the newspaper began hounding her and her family and making false allegations against us.
It says I am a bigamist who is married to a French and Australian woman. It is ridiculous since I can’t be married to both. I married a French woman in 1969 but she divorced me in 1974. On May 17, 1974 the Tribunal of Nanterre in France issued the divorce decree. (I am also forwarding a copy of the document with the name of my former wife blackened out to protect her privacy).
My ex-wife then married an American and had a daughter by him. These facts are also mentioned in the two books submitted to the Supreme Court as “evidence” by the prosecution – Serpentine by Thomas Thompson and The Life and Crimes of Charles Sobhraj by Richard Neville and Mary Clarke.
The Himalayan Times also said that if I marry my fiancée Nihita Biswas, I will be jailed since Nepal’s laws do not allow marriage between two people who have an age difference of 20 years or more. As per the 11th amendment to Nepal’s marriage laws, that is no longer valid. A girl can marry at 18 if she has her parents’ consent or can marry without consent if she is 20. Nihita is 20, has her parents’ consent to our marriage and, most importantly, we will be married in France according to French laws since I am a French citizen and reside there.
Though my fiancée pointed out the errors to the Himalayan Times and asked them to publish her letter and issue a correction, it carried a part of her letter as part of a report, making it appear as if she was being interviewed, thereby distorting facts before its readers. It repeated the allegations Monday, ignoring the existence of the divorce certificate and other official documents.
In the past, the Himalayan Times and its sister paper, the Annapurna Post, have faced a barrage of allegations about their promoters, source of funding, citizenship of their top brass and undue influence used to obtain a licence. One of their reporters was arrested trying to pass a suitcase full of money through the Tribhuvan airport and was jailed. Another faced the allegation of having received money during the direct rule of former king Gyanendra.
The Himalayan Times, therefore, more than any others, should realise that allegations are not facts. Its continued persecution and falsification raises serious doubts about the professional competence of the newspaper, its integrity and impartiality.
July 7, 2008
[वक्तव्यसँगै पठाइएको प्रमाण हेर्न यहाँ क्लिक गर्नुस्]