Tuesday, June 28, 2005


SC seeks reply from Home Minister
Kathmandu, June 27 - The Supreme Court (SC), on Monday, ordered Home Minister Dan Bahadur Shahi to furnish a written reply as to why action cannot be initiated against him over the re-arrest of General Secretary of People's Front Nepal Nawa Raj Subedi in defiance of the apex court's order.
The minister is required to reply to the court within seven days, according to the order passed by Justice Min Bahadur Rayamajhi. The order was issued in response to an application filed by Nepal Bar Association President Shambhu Thapa seeking the court to initiate a contempt of court case against the minister and punish him accordingly.
Thapa filed the application following the re-arrest of Subedi by plainclothes policemen on June 15, three hours after the SC released him from a month-long illegal detention. Thapa had claimed in the application that Home Minister Shahi defied the court order by re-arresting Subedi. Subedi had been released through a second order last week.
There are altogether four such applications against Shahi in the apex court. The court has ordered its administration to present all the cases against Shahi together in the next hearing. The date of the next hearing will be fixed once the court receives a reply from Shahi.

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