Student leaders Sent to Central Jail; SC Show Cause to Govt
Kathmandu, July 31-The six student leaders who were arrested on July 14 Under the Public Offence Act were today sent to Central jail at Tripureshwor after they refused to furnish the Rs 500 bail set by the Kathmandu District Administration Office (KDAO).Earlier today, the KDAO had fixed Rs 500 bail on Pradeep Poudel, vice-president of the Nepal Students' Union; Thakur Gaire, general secretary of All Nepal National Free Students Union; Saroj Thapa, chairman of Free Students Union, Tri-Chandra Multiple Campus; Narayan Bharati of NSU; BP Regmi of NSU unit of Baneshwor Campus and Pushpa Shahi, NSU Kailai district chairman.Meanwhile, the Supreme Court today issued show cause notices to the government authorities including the Home Ministry demanding the reasons for the student leaders' arrest.A single bench of justice Sharada Prasad Pundit issued the order responding to a habeas corpus petition filed by lawyer Buddhi Prasad Kharel representing the Nepal Bar Association. The bench also ordered the defendant-- The Home Ministry, the Police Headquarters, the Kathmandu District Police Office, the Kathmandu District Administration Office were arked to submit written replies within three days. Meanwhile, The Kathmandu District Government Attorney’s Office today started interrogating former general-secretary of the Nepal Students’ Union, Gagan Kumar Thapa, on the charge offence against state.According to an official, Thapa has been produced before the Attorney’s Office where he is being tried under the Offence Against State Act.He was arrested on Thursday for chanting “objectionable” slogans against the members of the royal family during a rally organized by civil society members last Monday. The Special Court had given authority to the police to detain him for seven days.
Lawyers among Professionals to Hit Streets
Kathmandu, July 31-The Confederation of Nepalese Professionals (CONEP) today announced programmes to protest the government’s latest decision to ban professional organisations.Professionals and workers associated with corporations and banks, including teachers, could join the movement waged against the latest instance of the government banning trade unions among civil servants.The decision was announced following an interaction in the capital today. The interaction session was addressed by representatives of the Nepal Bar Association (NBA) Tikaram Bhattarai, Nepal University Teachers Association (NUTA) General Secretary, Rameswor Upadhayay and Chairman of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) Bishnu Nisthuri among others.