Friday, October 20, 2006

Patan Appellate Court summons FNCCI, Chairman Dhakal

The Patan Appellate Court on Thursday issued a summon to chairman of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) Chandi Raj Dhakal and FNCCI to furnish statements on a contempt of court case filed against them.

The Patan Appellate Court has issued a notice to Dhakal and FNCCI to come before the court to record the statements within three days.

After a hearing , the joint bench of Justices Keshav P Mainali and Hari Bahadur Basent decided to summon the FNCCI and its chairman Dhakal to record the statements.

The Patan Appellate Court has sought statements on whether the FNCCI and chairman Dhakal defied the court orders or not as stated in the writ petition jointly filed by advocate Jyoti Baniya of the Consumer Protection Forum (CPF) and the Forum's Kathmandu Committee Chief Ram Chandra Simkhada. The petitioners have demanded the court slap a six month prison sentence and Rs. 5000 fine against the perpetrators. The court has also sought statements from chairman Dhakal and FNCCI on why they should not be punished according to the Judicial Administration Act-2048.

A contempt of court case was filed yesterday at the Patan Appellate Court demanding action against the FNCCI and its chairman Dhakal for defying the Patan Appellate Court’s order while organising the general strike in the country on Monday.

The petition said: "There has been a sheer violation of the court’s order under the direction of the FNCCI chairman Chandi Raj Dhakal both inside and outside the capital. Under the provision mentioned in the Judicial Administration Act-2048, we request the court hand a six month prison sentence and a Rs. 5000 fine to the persons behind yesterday's stir." The advocates have said that "they are collecting evidence".

On Sunday the Patan Appellate Court had issued an interim order banning Monday's nationwide general strike called by the FNCCI based on a writ petition jointly filed by Baniya and Simkhada which said that the strike would violate the rights of consumers to get essential services and goods on the eve of the Tihar festival.

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