Saturday, June 18, 2005

SC to home minister: Furnish written reply

Kathmandu, June 18 - The Supreme Court (SC), on Friday, ordered Home Minister Dan Bahadur Shahi to furnish a written reply as to why a contempt of court case cannot be initiated against him over his May 18 remark.

On that day, the minister, replying to a query on the defiance of the SC order, (detainees who were released by the court were re-arrested), had told journalists at the apex court premises, "The court has not ordered us not to re-arrest released detainees."

The remarks had prompted Advocate Dinesh Tripathi to move the court with a contempt of court application.

Tripathi has argued that the minister "disrespected" the apex court by such an objectionable remark, which is tantamount to contempt of court.

According to the order passed by Justice Min Bahadur Rayamajhi today, the minister is required to furnish a written reply within 15 days. The court has also assigned priority to the case in view of the seriousness of the matter.

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