Himalayan News Service
KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court was moved today against the state honour conferred upon several persons on the occasion of Republic Day.
A public interest litigation was filed stating that the state honour was conferred upon persons who helped suppress the people’s movement
against the spirit of the interim constitution and the people’s movement. The petitioners have sought the apex court certiorari order to annul
Human rights activist Dr Gopal Krishna Siwakoti and advocates Shree Krishna Subedi, Bidur Prasad Adhikari, Rabin Subedi and Narayan Prasad Adhikari have jointly filed PIL.
The petitioners stated that conferring the award upon rights violators and persons who suppressed the people’s movement breached the Comprehensive Peace Accord.
The petitioners claimed that Article 7.1.3 of the CPA was violated by awarding the state honour to former Chief of Army Staff Rookmangud Katawal, Deputy Inspectors General of Police Durja Kumar Rai and Kuber Singh Rana, who deserved punishment as per the CPA Article.
Order sought against President Dr Ram Baran Yadav, Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet, Deputy Prime Minister Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar headed selection committee in order to annul the decision.
Stating that the Chief Justice has already expressed his concern about honouring some judges without consulting him, the petitioners claimed that it was improper to select such persons without the recommendation of the authorities concerned.
Home Secretary apologises
Kathmandu: Secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs Dr Govinda Kusum has apologised to Chief Justice Ram Prasad Shrestha for selecting the judges for state honour without his consent. Dr Kusum met the CJ on Tuesday and said sorry, Ram Krishna Timalsena, Registrar, Supreme Court told The Himalayan Times. Dr Kusum told the CJ that it was a serious mistake on part of the government.
President Dr Ram Baran Yadav had conferred Suprabal Janasewa Shree (third) upon Nepalgunj Appellate Court Judge Ratna Bahadur Bagchand, District judges Nil Kantha Upadhayay, Nawa Raj Upadhayay, Shyam Prasad Lawati and Mohammad Juned Azad in Republic Day.