Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Nepal will not go to the court

Kathmandu, Feb 21- General secretary of the CPN-UML Madhav Kumar Nepal today seriously objected a habeas corpus writ petition that was about to be filed in the Supreme Court for his release.

Central committee member of the CPN-UML Shuvas Nembang intervened and pleaded the court not to register the case as Nepal was shocked to hear about the move to file the petition without his consent. Nembang had talked the issue to Nepal over the telephone.Nembang and other lawyers including the president of Nepal Bar Association Shambhu Thapa, General Secretary Madhav Banskota and advocates Agni Kharel, Tika Ram Bhattarai requested the apex court not to register the petition as Nepal himself does not want to file the petition.

Following Nepal’s objection, the SC refused to register the petition. Mukunda Ghimire was about to file the case seeking SC order for Nepal’s release.

Nepal is under house arrest since January 20. Just yesterday, the government had extended Nepal’s house arrest by two months.Immediately after the habeas corpus petition was produced before the apex court, UML leaders and cadres objected the petition on behalf of Nepal saying that he does not want the petition filed for his release.
SC registrar Dr Ram Krishna Timalsena, then, decided not to accept the petition until the petitioner gets Nepal’s consent.

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