Friday, September 22, 2006

SC issues show cause notice on HoR proclamation

The Supreme Court has issued a show cause notice to the government and the House of Representatives (HoR) on why the declaration was made.

Acting upon five separate writ petition filed at the apex court challenging the House declaration passed on May 18 a single bench of Justice Damodar Prasad Sharma sought written explanations within 15 days on why the declaration was made, reports said.

The petitioners challenged the historic declaration saying that the same was unconstitutional and illegal.

In its proclamation the parliament declared itself supreme and drastically slashed the royal privileges.

Meanwhile, the bench rejected a petition filed challenging the reinstatement of the House on April 24.

The apex court said that the decision was made as per the need-based theory of law.
Advocate Shankar Majaiya filed the writ petition at the apex court alleging that the decision of the King to reinstate the parliament is unconstitutional.

The King reinstated the parliament as per the roadmap of the seven party alliance following the 19-day long people’s movement.

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