Monday, January 29, 2007

SC show cause to govt

The Supreme Court on Sunday ordered the government to furnish a written reply regarding the agreement with transport entrepreneurs last week.

Taking up a public interest litigation, Justice Kalyan Shrestha also ordered the government and transport entrepreneurs to be present before the court within seven days.

General Secretary of Consumers' Forum Jyoti Baniya moved the apex court last Friday over the agreement.

Baniya argued before the court that the agreement allowing transport entrepreneurs to pay only Rs 75,000 instead of the existing Rs 300,000 as compensation to victims of vehicular accidents was irrational. Similarly, the writ petition claimed the government decision to waive 75 percent tax for entrepreneurs was unjustifiable.

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