Tuesday, July 31, 2007

SC moved to scrap certain sections on bail

A writ petition was filed at the Supreme Court demanding an apex court directive to the government authorities to declare null and void certain legal provisions regarding bail.Advocate duo Rajiv Banstola and Sarvagya Raj Naya filed the petition demanding nullification of Sections 118, 123, 194 under Court Management Chapter of Country Code-1963, Clause 7 of Act Regarding Spying-1961, Clause 7 of Special Court Act-2002 and a provision in the Anti-Trafficking Act-1986. The petitioners claim that the provisions contradict with Article12 (2) of the InterimConstitution and International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)-1966.The petitioners claimed that the provisions are against the concept of democratic norms.The Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet, the Parliament, the Ministryof Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs and the Special Court, the Kathmandu District Court and the Patan Appellate Court have been made the defendants in the petition.

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