International desk – Former speaker of Nepalese parliament Krishna Bahadur Mahara has been arrested over charges of rape, police said.
Mahara, who resigned from the position of speaker on Tuesday after a female member of staff accused him of rape, was arrested in line with an arrest warrant issued by a Kathmandu court.
The former speaker, however, denies the rape allegations, according to a BBC report.
The woman accused him of drunkenly assaulting her at her apartment the previous Sunday.
Martha arrived intoxicated at her home before assaulting her, the woman alleged.
“I had not thought it would come to this. He forced himself (on me)… he left after I said I will call the police,” she said in an interview on local media cited by Reuters news agency.
Mahara, a former Maoist leader, was the chief negotiator for the Maoists during the peace talks that ended Nepal’s decade-long civil war in 2006.
He was elected speaker after an alliance of the rebels and moderate communists won a landslide victory in the 2017 national elections.
To facilitate a fair probe into the allegations of rape, Mahara stepped down from his position in parliament.
The ruling Nepal Communist Party had also asked him to resign following the allegations that prompted social media protest against him.