Chairman of Kantipur Media Group arrested for alleged citizenship misuse

Kathmandu: Kailash Sirohiya, the Chairman of Kantipur Media Group (KMG), has been apprehended by authorities on accusations of misusing his citizenship certificates. The arrest took place at KMG’s headquarters in Thapathali on Tuesday, orchestrated by a team from the Kathmandu Valley Crime Investigation Office.

Led by Senior Superintendent of Police Sanuram Bhattarai and Superintendent Rabindra Regmi, the law enforcement officers descended upon the KMG headquarters to execute the arrest warrant against Chairman Sirohiya.

This move comes after Chairman Sirohiya had sought intervention from the Supreme Court to annul the arrest warrant issued by the District Court in Dhanusha. The warrant was issued in connection to allegations of citizenship abuse, with a complaint lodged at the District Police Office in Dhanusha claiming that Sirohiya possessed two different citizenship certificates of Nepal, with identical citizenship numbers to another individual.

In a statement to the press following his arrest, Chairman Sirohiya vehemently denied the charges related to citizenship misuse. He instead asserted that his arrest was politically motivated, citing KMG’s coverage of cooperative frauds allegedly involving Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane.

As per reports, the police are making arrangements to transport Chairman Sirohiya to Janakpur in Dhanusha promptly. This incident has sparked significant public attention and raised concerns about the intersection of media, politics, and legal proceedings within Nepal. Stay tuned for further updates as this story unfolds.