Thursday, May 26, 2005


"Proposed law misinterprets constitution"

Kathmandu, May 26 - President of Nepal Bar Association, Shambhu Thapa, said Wednesday that the government's proposed media law misinterprets the constitution. Inaugurating a regional meet of new law-practitioners in Biratnagar, he requested all of them to play the role of social engineers in the changing context of society. Meanwhile, hundreds of journalists, human rights activists and law practitioners, protesting against the proposed media law, organized various programs in different parts of the country on Wednesday. In Biratnagar, Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) branch organized a discussion on democracy and press freedom. Speakers at the program said the proposed law is against the public voice. In Banke, law practitioners and journalists denounced the government's act of trying to snatch the rights of press freedom and freedom to express.

SC stays admission to Sanskrit hostel

Kathmandu, May 25 - The Supreme Court (SC), Tuesday, issued another interim order to the authorities not to admit new students in Tindhara Sanskrit Hostel till it issues another order. The court also ordered the authorities to furnish a written reply within seven days regarding the eviction of students from the hostel. Authorities had forced out students from the hostel on April 27, accusing them of indiscipline while staying at the hostel. The SC had issued a similar interim order to the authorities two weeks ago not to admit new students in the hostel till May 24. But the authorities defied the court's orders and took in new students last Sunday.

SC orders Gagan's release

Kathmandu May 25 - The Supreme Court (SC), on Tuesday, ordered the authorities, for the second time, to release student leader Gagan Kumar Thapa from what it termed"illegal detention", and warned the authorities that the continuation of illegal detentions in defiance of the court's orders is against the spirit of the Constitution. Earlier on May 5, the police had re-arrested Thapa from inside the Hanuman Dhoka Police Office, defying the SC order to release him. The 28-year old student leader had first been arrested on the night of April 26. "In fact, the detainee (Gagan) has not been released from illegal detention as per the court order (of May 5). Thapa should be released immediately as continuing to illegally detain him in defiance of the court order is against the fundamental objective of the constitution and against the laws of the country," said the order passed by Justices Min Bahadur Rayamajhi and Arjun Prasad Singh. The court also ordered the authorities to release Thapa in the presence of the district court. In Gagan's case, he will be released in the presence of a judge of Bhaktapur District Court as he has been detained in Kharipati, Bhaktapur. Meanwhile, the apex court on Tuesday ordered the government to furnish a written reply, within one day, regarding the re-arrest of former minister J P Gupta in defiance of court orders. The SC, on May 5, had ordered the government to release Gupta as he was being detained illegally.

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