Tuesday, August 23, 2005

SC Warns Foreign Ministry

Kathmandu, Aug 23-The Supreme Court today warned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to face contempt of court action on charges of defying the apex court rulings, unless it produced the copies of the government’s agreement with the UN on deployment of RNA personnel in UN peacekeeping missions within 15 days
“If it does not submit the copies of the agreements between the UN and the Nepal government regarding the deployment of the Royal Nepalese Army personnel for peace keeping missions abroad before the apex court within fifteen days, the case would be produced before the bench to take action against the Ministry as per Clause 29 of Judicial Administration Act 1991,” the Supreme Court warned.
A division bench of Justices Anup Raj Sharma and Sharada Prasad Pundit today gave the order. The bench observed that the Ministry has been defying the apex court orders for the last few years on the issue due to which the apex court could not decide on a writ petition regarding the alleged misuse of RNA welfare fund and not providing facilities to the personnel as per the agreement between the government and the UN.
The chairman of Ex-Army Welfare Council, Ambar Bahadur Thapa Magar, had filed the writ petition four years ago against the Cabinet Secretariat and the RNA seeking facilities as per the agreement between the RNA and the UN.

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