Monday, June 19, 2006

SC Orders Release of Ex-Ministers Thapa, Dhakal

The Supreme Court ordered the release of two former minister of the King's Cabinet Home Minister Kamal Thapa and Local Development Minister Tanka Dhakal.

The apex court released them responding to two separate habeas corpus petitions filed at it on June 6 by advocate Namaraj Karki. SC justices Sharada Prasad Pandit and Badri Kumar Basnet issued the order.

The government had taken the duo in preventive detention on May 12 accusing them of hatching conspiracies against the sovereignty of the people.

Mainwhile ,The government released two ministers of the royal cabinet following the Supreme Court (SC)’s order on Sunday.

They were released from the premises of Kathmandu District Court.

The government had arrested five ministers of the royal government in the charge of conspiring against the pro-democracy movement of the country.

Thapa and Dhakal filed habeas corpus writ petitions at the SC on June 5th alleging that the government detained them illegally.

Then home minister Thapa and local development minister Dhakal were arrested on May 12 along with three other former ministers of the King’s cabinet, Ramesh Nath Pandey, Sirish Shumsher Rana and Nikshay Shumsher Rana and were sent to 90-day detention.

Three ministers were released on June 4th. A full bench of the SC comprising of Chief Justice Dilip Kumar Poudel and Justices Min Bahadur Raymajhi, Ram Nagina Singh, Anup Raj Sharma and Khil Raj Regmi gave the release order.

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