Saturday, August 11, 2007

Implement verdict on missing: SC

The Supreme Court wrote to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to strictly implement the SC’s two-month-old verdict that had directed the government to provide compensation to 83 families of the disappeared and promulgate an Act criminalising forced disappearances.
A section of the Supreme Court which works and monitors the implementation of verdicts wrote to the Office of the Attorney General to immediately implement the landmark verdict.
“This would take time as the verdict has called for the promulgation of an Act and formation of a commission. However, we have already initiated the process of its implementation,” Yagya Murti Banjade, Attorney General, told .
Citing the verdict, the Monitoring and Implementation Division of the Supreme Court told the OAG to implement the verdict soon and inform about the implementation.“Inform the apex court after providing amounts to the families of the victims as per the order,” the letter signed by SC official Prakash Pundit stated.
On June 1, the apex court had issued a mandamus order to the government to prosecute those involved in the murder of people in detention centres and to promulgate the necessary Act in this regard.Responding to 83 habeas corpus petitions, a division bench of Justices Khil Raj Regmi and Kalyan Shrestha had passed the verdict directing to prosecute those guilty for forced disappearance of people.
The apex court had directed to provide Rs 2 lakh to the family of Chakra Bahadur Katuwal who was killed in a detention centre and provide Rs 1 lakh to those whose family members were disappeared after arrest.Secretary of the PMO, Madhav Paudel, however, said that the government is serious to implement the verdict.
“The government has already started the process to provide compensation to the families of the victims soon after the cabinet decision,” he added.“But the implementation of the other parts of the verdict may take more time,” he added.
-Ananta Raj Luitel in himalayn times

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