Chief Justice says govt must implement SC directives

Published On: January 13, 2020 12:31 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 13: Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana has said that the Supreme Court's directives to the government authorities on various issues should be properly enforced. 

During an interaction with the secretaries of various ministries with regard to implementing the directives issued by the Supreme Court on various issues and various occasions, Chief Justice Rana said that the court's orders are in line with the welfare state model. "If the government agencies do not acknowledge the court's orders, the court would be compelled to ensure that additional measures are taken for their implementation," he added.

Stating that the government agencies are unable to protect the rights of the citizens and victims of various crimes, and safeguard the country's territory and its heritage and history, Rana underlined the need for periodic interventions by the apex court. "The court is not against development work, but the authorities must respect the rights of its citizens while carrying out such works," he added.

Echoing the chief justice, Justice Prakash Man Singh Raut said, "The government authorities have repeatedly arrested certain individuals disrespecting the court orders and such incidents invite serious intervention by the Supreme Court."

“There is no other option but to follow the court orders,” Lokdarshan Regmi, chief secretary of the government, said while promising to implement the court's directives. "There might be some delays in implementing the orders, but we are sincere about implementing them in full," Regmi added.

Speaking at the interaction, Supreme Court's Chief Registrar Nripa Dhwaj Niraula stressed the need for enacting necessary laws as ordered by the Supreme Court. "Though the court's directives are not mandamus orders, the court issues directives as part of its constitutional duty and the directives must be implemented," he added.

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