Friday, June 20, 2008

SC to Examine Case on Facilities to Ex-royals

THT Online
Kathmandu, June 20

Revoking the Supreme Court Registrar's earlier decision, a single bench of Justice Kalyan Shrestha directed Registrar Dr Ram Krishna Timalsena to register a case that challenged the government's decision to provide facilities to the deposed king and his family members.
"Since the issue in question is related with the Interim Constitution of Nepal, 2007, Registrar's decision to reject the petition is legally unsound," the SC order said.
"The SC will decide whether the issue in question is political or not," it said.
On June 10, the Registrar had refused a petition challenging the government's decision to allow deposed king Gyanendra to stay in Nagarjun palace with state security and providing buildings on the Narayanhiti Palace premises and state security to his mother and grandmother. Registrar Dr Timalsena had maintained that the case was of political nature and that it would not be examined by the SC.
Advocate Bhupendra Prasad Pokhrel had filed the petition claiming that it was unconstitutional to provide state property and security to a common citizen. He also claimed that the CA can only decide whether or not to provide such facilities to a citizen.

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