Padma Raj Kaphle

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Name:Padma Raj Kaphle

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Designation : Senior Advocate

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Temporary Address:Kathmandu, Nepal

Mobile No:9851094271

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• M.A. B.L  from Tribhivan University of  Kathmandu, Nepal. Joined in the leagal field since 2031 BC.
 •Trained in Questioned Documents and Fingerprint Science, Calcutta, and Nagpur, India. 
  •  Georgia Bureau of Investigation , USA,1996.
  • Science of Crime Reserch Bureau, Athence, Greece, 1991.
  • Indian Institute of Chriminology, Nagpur, India, 1976.
  • Central Fingerprint Bureau, Calcutta, India, 1976.
  • Established a system of Cross Examination of Expert by BANDASAWAL 
  • He has established the  photography of Disputed and Specimen Documents In the present of court officials.
  • Consulting Expert in Handwriting & Fingerprint Disputes to the Courts, Secretariat of Council of Ministers, Police Officials, Banks, Chief District Officials and other Institutions in Nepal.
  • Advisor to the Department of Special Police in the field of Crime Investigation as an Expert, 1977-1983.
  • Trainer in the subject of Handwriting and Fingerprint Identification System to the Professional Advocates Nepal.
  • Visiting Lecturer of Handwriting & Fingerprint Science to the Judicial Service Center since 1982  to its existense.
  • Practicing Lawyer in the Courts relating to Handwriting & Fingerprints cases in Nepal.
  • Leagal adviser as Deputy Chief Officer in His Majesty's Government Employees Provident Fund, one of the largest financial Institutions in Nepal, upto 1994.
  • Science of Document Examination
  • Yogadarshan 
  • Questionned Document and Court , 
  •  Many articles are published relating to Law and Disputed Documents , Fingerprint, and DNA including Expert's Opinion and Rules of Cross Examination in Nyayadoot, Kanoon, Law Journal  in Nepal.   
  • Awarded with a certificate for the long period service to the Judiciary in the field of Questioned Documents and Fingerprint Disputes in the Courts by the Kathmandu Bar Association, 1996.
  • Awarded with a  PRATIBHA  PURASKAR  by Palpali Sangam, Nepal 1995.
  • A LONG SERVICE AWARD awarded by Rt. Honorable Prime Minister, 1994.
  • Bio-data published in WHO'S WHO - NEPAL on page 101 published by National Research Associates, Nepal in 1992.
  • Bio-data published in REFERENCE ASIA, Volume Ninth -(1995), Asia's Who's Who of Men & Women of Achievement, page 533 published by Rifacimento International, New Delhi, India.
Mr. MOINE QURESHI, a Journalist and Lecturer of Pakistan published an article  ' It's Nepal after all ' in DAWN daily News Paper on May 13, 1988. A few words are read as: "We were welcomed by Mr. P.R.Kaphle, Dy. Chief Officer of KSK an extremely courteous, soft-spoken and fair complexioned middle aged gentleman with whom we later developed not only mental equation, but an enduring friendship too. Slightly, but solidly built Mr. Kaphle wields multi - faceted personality, being an administrator, an author, a Handwriting and Fingerprints expert, a legal practitioner - all at the same time."          
In 1961, when I was an employee of a financial institution, someone forged my signature. I knew it was not mine, but I did not know how to identify the forged signature. This incident gave me a feeling that I should learn the science of identifying handwritings as well as fingerprints. In 1969, while preparing for my Bachelor of Law examination, I came across a book by an Indian writer, Mr. M. K. Mehata entitled “Identification of Handwriting and Cross Examination of Experts”. I read the book several times but could not understand much on my own. I therefore wrote a letter to Mr. Mehata in Delhi stating my problems in understanding the basic facts and their explanation with respect to disputed and specimen writings.  To my greatest surprise, Mr. Mehata responded to my queries and sent me a lot of photographs with markings of the facts, their explanations, and respective pages of his books as reference. After completing my B.L in 1970, I bought some more books on the subject and studied further through correspondences with Mr. Mehata. Then more I knew the subject and the more I developed my interest. In mid ’70s, I requested to Minustry of finance  to arrange a training programme with the appropriate agency in India. The following year I was offered a Government of India scholarship under the TCS Colombo Plan to undertake a training course on fingerprints at the Central Fingerprints Bureau in Calcutta. During the training period, besides different aspects of fingerprints, I also had an opportunity to learn various areas of handwriting identification and detection of forgeries.  After the completion of my training and getting back to Kathmandu, I started practicing at the Supreme Court of Nepal. In those days, only the Police Officials were allowed to examine the disputed documents, and such documents along with expert opinions were kept in sealed envelopes as confidential records.  Neither the lawyers of the concerned parties had access to the confidential records nor the experts were allowed to take photographs of the disputed and specimen writings.
The Police experts were also not allowed to be cross examined. Their opinions were unchangeable and final. In such an environment, I requested the Registrar of the Supreme Court for a copy of the expert opinion and permission to photograph the disputed and specimen documents in the Court premises. Though the Registrar was legally authorised to give such permission, he did not dare to break the traditional practice of the Court and therefore forwarded my request to the Chief Justice. 
The Chief Justice was also not in favour of breaking the traditional practice and he ordered to submit my request to the Full Court, in which all the Judges of the Supreme Court were present. The Full Court, after hearing the arguments, decided to permit me to photograph in the Court and also ordered to make available a copy of the expert’s opinion to the concerned parties of litigation. In such an effort - established a system of Cross Examination of Expert direct or   through BANDASAWAL. Those decisions facilitated me to review the expert’s views, and in quite a few cases, I found the opinions of the Police experts totally wrong. I presented the actual facts in the form of enlarged photographs to the Judges of the Supreme Court and requested them to allow me to cross examine the experts.
The Supreme Court allowed me to do so and in a number of cases, the opinions of the Police experts were rejected. As a result, the Supreme Court decided not to send any further document to the Police for examination. In the mean time, I also began to share my experiences on this subject with the Judges of the Courts, Government as well as private Lawyers, officers of Banks and financial institutions through lectures, discussions, seminars, and conferences. In addition to that, I conducted several talk programs for the Bar members in different Courts throughout the country. I also arranged short training programmes for the officers of the Bureau of Intelligence.  Furthermore, I published several articles in the legal and Police journals. I started teaching handwriting and fingerprint identification system to the new recruits of the judicial services since 1981. These days when I see my trainees serving as  Supreme Court or Appellate Court Judges, I really get satisfaction on my humble effort.  As a result of my effort, they are now doing quite well even without the help of experts in forensic handwriting and fingerprint cases.   I have established an association named as Nepal Forensic Society under my chairmanship. My desire is to extend such societies to the countries of the world which would strengthen the forensic science  and assist our respective Courts to reach the truth.
I wanted to meet my teacher Mr. M. K. Mehata in person whom I had never seen before. I requested for the date and time convenient to him. I reached Delhi Airport on the agreed upon date and made a telephone call from the Airport. Someone from the other end replied that he is no more in this world. He had just passed away a couple of hours ago. I could not believe it, however, I had to accept the truth. Unfortunately, my strong desire to see my respected teacher did not materialize. This story is dedicated to Mr. Mehata, my respected teacher, in appreciation to his untiring effort to educate me in the field of fingerprints and identification of handwritings.