KATHMANDU: A writ petition has been filed at the Supreme Court (SC) on Sunday, seeking to scrap the government's recent decision of distributing citizenship certificates by descent.
The Home Ministry recently issued a circular to the district administration offices asking them to provide citizenship by descent to the children of those people who acquired the Nepali citizenship certificates on the basis of birth.
The writ lodged by advocates Prabinata Wasti and Balkrishna Neupane has claimed that the government's decision to issue the Nepali citizenship certificates to the children of those citizens who acquired the Nepali citizenship in 2063- 064 BS by descent was against the law.
Arguing that there was no provision of distributing citizenships by descent to the children of those people who have acquired citizenships on the basis of birth, the petition has made the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, the Home Ministry, the Ministry of Law and Justice, the ruling party UCPN ( Maoist) and the CPN ( UML) Parliamentary Party as the defendants.
Claiming that the circular issued by the Home Ministry was against the Interim Constitution, the Citizenship Act and other existing laws, the Petition has called for cancellation of the circular and thereby annul the citizenship certificates issued in line with the circular.