Friday, February 01, 2008

SC scraps PILs on border issue

Scrapping two separate Public Interest Litigations, the Supreme Court on thrusday said it could not examine the country’s border related issue.
“This is a matter to be settled by the governments because it concerns the Nepali and the Indian governments,” said a single bench of Justice Ram Prasad Shrestha.
“The apex court cannot settle such a case by examining evidences,” Justice Shrestha said.“The apex court only looks into cases of violation of constitutional and legal rights,” he added.
Advocates Ritubarna Baniya, Gopal Bahadur Pokhrel and Kathmandu resident Mohan Bikram Pokhrel had filed a PIL while another resident of Kathmandu, Bijendra Lal Joshi, had filed another PIL.
The petitioners had sought the apex court order to the government authorities to determine the country’s border and end any border-related controversy.
They had sought the apex court order to the Parliament Secretariat, the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet, the Ministry of Land Reform and Management, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Land Reform Department, the District Administration Office-Nawalparasi, the Land Reform Office-Nawalparasi and Survey Office-Nawalparasi.
Judge Shrestha, however, called the journalists to press the government and the parliament in this regard.

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