Thursday, August 25, 2005

Court issues order over FM station case

Kathmandu, Aug 25: The Supreme Court (SC) Wednesday issued orders to both the government and the defendant to be present before the court within a week in the case related with the government’s petition that the stay order related to the Rainbow FM be quashed. The government had filed a writ petition demanding to quash the stay order not to ban the operation of Rainbow FM Pvt. Ltd. on Tuesday.
A division bench of justices Khil Raj Regmi and Paramanda Jha issued the order following today’s hearing. Saying that it would be better to arrive at a decision on the issue after listening to both the parties, the bench said: “The petitioner (Nepal FM) should be invited for the discussion.”The apex court ordered the managing director of the Nepal FM, Bishnu Hari Dhakal, to attend the bench within seven days. Challenging the stay order, the Ministry of Information and Communications had moved SC on Sunday, saying the government had authority to monitor the FM stations. Issuing the stay order, a division bench of justice Anup Raj Sharma had ordered the government not to take any action against the FM for broadcasting news.Lok Man Singh Karki, Secretary at the Ministry of Information and Communications had filed the writ petition through the office of the Attorney General (AG), stating that the stay order should be quashed which was against the existing provisions of the laws to regulate the FM radio stations.

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