Gunman have shot dead a Supreme Court judge, Judge Rana Bahadur Bam, who was being investigated for accepting bribes.

Judge Bam had been accused of taking bribes from three suspects charged with abduction in 2010 in return for releasing them with lenient sentences and fines. He had been barred from hearing cases.

It is reported that two masked men drove beside Judge Bam’s car and opened fire whilst he was being driven to work during morning rush hour. He later died in hospital.

Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has asked home minister Mr Bijaya Gachhadar to investigate the incident.