Friday, October 28, 2005

SC puts off hearing on Deuba, Singh cases

Kathmandu , Oct. 28- The Supreme Court has postponed the hearing on two separate writ petitions of habeas corpus on former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and former minister Prakash Man Singh, till the final decision of the special bench on the case related to legality of the Royal Commission for Control of Corruption (RCCC) is made public.

The special bench comprising chief justice Dilip Kumar Paudel and justices Sharada Shrestha and Tap Bahadur Magar today issued the order to produce the writs with a copy of the final decision of the special bench, as there is a subjudice case at the court related with RCCC.

Meanwhile, the court today fixed November 13 as the date of hearing on the case related to the legality of the RCCC. Advocates Sarbagya Raj Naya and Binod Karki had filed the writ petitions seeking immediate release of Deuba and Singh. Last month a division bench had referred the case to the special bench. Deuba and Singh are behind bars for the last seven months as per the RCCC’s order on corruption case while awarding contract of the Melamchi Drinking Water Project.

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