Monday, March 12, 2007

Rayamajhi report case hearing put off again

The Supreme Court on Sunday postponed a final hearing on the public interest litigation seeking the apex court order to implement and make public the Rayamajhi Commission report.

Though the case was scheduled for hearing today by a division bench of Justices Sharada Prasad Pundit and Damodar Prasad Sharma, they could not hear the case due to lack of time, as the case was listed on number 14. The judges heard other cases placed on top and postponed hearing on the Rayamajhi report case to April 20. Earlier, Chief Justice Dilip Kumar Paudel had postponed the final hearing on the case scheduled for March 4.

Though the Cabinet had decided on March 5 to make public the Rayamajhi Commission report and take action against those indicted by it, the government has neither made the report public nor submitted it to the parliament.

“It does not mater what decision the government has taken. People should get copies of it,” advocate Chandra Kanta Gyawali, who is also the writ petitioner, said.

“It is wrong to put off hearing on such a case again and again, as it should get priority as per Rule 5 (a) of the Supreme Court Regulation,1992,” a member of the Legislature-Parliament and legal expert Harihar Dahal said.

Advocate Bhimarjun Acharya said: “It is surprising why the Supreme Court is delaying hearing on the Rayamajhi report case which is a matter of public concern.”

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