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CIAA files case at Special Court against 175 in Lalita Niwas land scam

Published On: February 6, 2020 02:25 PM NPT By: Ananta Raj Luitel

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) on Wednesday filed a charge-sheet against 175 individuals, including some erstwhile bigwigs, at the Special Court, accusing them of involvement in illegally registering Lalita Niwas land in the names of various individuals.

Law enforcement bodies should act on Dahal’s public confession

Published On: January 17, 2020 07:41 AM NPT By: Ananta Raj Luitel

KATHMANDU, Jan 17: The statement of ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal in public that he takes responsibility for the killing of 5,000 people in the course of the decade-long Maoist armed insurgency and that he would secure the early release of someone convicted for the Tikapur massacre has stirred serious debate in the legal fraternity.

SC finds Rs 21.10 billion remaining CGT liability for Ncell

Published On: November 22, 2019 07:53 AM NPT By: Ananta Raj Luitel

KATHMANDU, Nov 22: Making public the full text of its judgment, the Supreme Court on Thursday said Ncell, the private sector telecom service provider, has a remaining capital gains tax (CGT) liability of only Rs 21.10 billion.

Judicial Council appoints 15 High Court judges

Published On: November 20, 2019 04:54 PM NPT By: Ananta Raj Luitel

KATHMANDU, Nov 20: The Judicial Council (JC) headed by Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana has  appointed 15 High Court Judges.

SC invalidates Ncell capital gains tax assessment

Published On: August 27, 2019 07:05 AM NPT By: Ananta Raj Luitel

KATHMANDU, Aug 27: The Supreme Court on Monday invalidated the assessment of the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) to be paid by telecommunication company Ncell Pvt Ltd. The Large Taxpayers Office (LTO) had determined on April 16 that the company had to pay Rs 39 billion as CGT including accrued interest and fines.

How many judges Nepal needs?

Published On: August 12, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Ananta Raj Luitel

The government is planning to double existing number of judges in Nepal’s courts by amending the constitution. Does it have to? How many judges does the country need at the moment?

Govt mulls doubling number of SC justices to tackle case backlog

Published On: July 19, 2019 07:27 AM NPT By: Ananta Raj Luitel

KATHMANDU, July 19: As the number of cases registered at the Supreme Court keeps increasing, officials in the judiciary and the government are mulling a doubling of the number of justices at the apex court.

SC clears way for recruiting 9,000 plus govt staff

Published On: July 2, 2019 07:12 AM NPT By: Ananta Raj Luitel

KATHMANDU, July 2: The Supreme Court on Monday gave the go ahead to government authorities– Public Service Commission and Ministry of General Administration— for recruiting over 9,000 personnel for the local governments.

SC paves way to recover CGT from Sumargi

Published On: June 24, 2019 06:00 AM NPT By: Ananta Raj Luitel

KATHMANDU, June 24: The Supreme Court (SC) has refused to continue a stay order issued earlier on a writ petition filed by controversial businessman Ajeya Raj Sumargi, who had sought court order against the revised amount of capital gains tax (CGT) determined by the government on the sale of 75 percent stakes of his firm, Nepal Satellite Telecom.

Bhaktapur court transfers govt land to private party

Published On: May 9, 2019 07:32 AM NPT By: Ananta Raj Luitel

KATHMANDU, May 9: Bhaktapur District Court has ordered the authorities to transfer 131 ropani [6.66 hectares] of government land to the family of Diwakar Rana.

SC orders Ncell, Axiata to pay over Rs 61 billion capital gains tax

Published On: February 7, 2019 07:10 AM NPT By: Ananta Raj Luitel

KATHMANDU, Feb 7: In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Ncell and Axiata companies to pay capital gains tax amounting to over Rs 61 billion to the government.

SC to charge ‘middlemen’ with contempt of court

Published On: January 21, 2019 08:15 AM NPT By: Ananta Raj Luitel

KATHMANDU, Jan 21: Admitting that ‘middlemen’ were unduly influencing the judiciary, Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana on Sunday said he plans to charge them with contempt of court.

I will take full responsibility for judicial reforms: CJ Rana

Published On: January 11, 2019 04:05 AM NPT By: Ananta Raj Luitel

KATHMANDU, Jan 11: Stressing that the judiciary needs drastic reforms, the newly-appointed Chief Justice (CJ) Cholendra SJB Rana has said that he will take the full responsibility for judicial reforms in the country.

Final judgments through stay order?

Published On: December 29, 2018 07:16 AM NPT By: Ananta Raj Luitel

KATHMANDU, Dec 29: With the issuing of few stay orders that are like final orders in relation to various cases, the Supreme Court has been facing controversy in the exercise of its extraordinary jurisdiction and seems to be deviating from earlier principles.

CC picks Rana as next CJ, Joshee superseded again

Published On: December 14, 2018 06:30 AM NPT By: Ananta Raj Luitel

KATHMANDU, Dec 14: The Constitutional Council (CC) meeting held on Thursday finally picked Justice of the Supreme Court Cholendra SJB Rana as the new Chief Justice of Nepal.

Why are most corruption cases before SC postponed?

Published On: December 7, 2018 06:00 AM NPT By: Ananta Raj Luitel

KATHMANDU, Dec 7: Chief Justice Om Prakash Mishra assumed leadership of the judiciary some four months ago with a stated commitment to zero tolerance for corruption. But he has not decided even a single graft case at his own bench.

Laws of rule

Published On: November 20, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Ananta Raj Luitel

If we did not have strong guardianship of the Supreme Court, the rights of the individuals would have been grossly violated

Courts crippled by staff shortages

Published On: October 24, 2018 02:10 PM NPT By: Ananta Raj Luitel

KATHMANDU, Oct 24: The country’s judiciary has been grappling with severe shortage of manpower resulting in delay in justice delivery.

JC to begin process to appoint judges after Dashain

Published On: October 16, 2018 08:17 AM NPT By: Ananta Raj Luitel

KATHMANDU, Oct 16: The Judicial Council (JC) led by Chief Justice Om Prakash Misha is making preparations for the appointment of judges at the Supreme Court (SC) and high courts immediately after the Dashain festival.

Legal eagles question relevance of constitutional bench

Published On: October 9, 2018 06:00 AM NPT By: Ananta Raj Luitel

KATHMANDU, Oct 9: At a time when the constitutional bench of the Supreme Court (SC) has failed to carry out its functions smoothly, a serious question has been raised over its relevance.