A Nepal Trust staffer locking the gate of the house belonging to a former employee of the royal palace, Juni Thapa, at Chhauni in Kathmandu on Tuesday. Nepal Trust had earlier issued notices to Thapa to vacate the house, which was gifted to her by the then royal family. Photo: Bijaya Rai/Republica
Also plans to seize house of former princess Prerena at Chhauni
KATHMANDU, June 27: As part of bringing the property belonging to the then royal family under government ownership, the Nepal Trust Office locked the house of a former employee of the royal palace, Juni Thapa. A team of police locked the house built on 2 ropani 13 ana plot in Chhauni of Kathmandu on Tuesday afternoon.
“We sealed her house as she did not heed our notice to vacate the house that was gifted to her by the then royal family,” said Nepal Trust Office acting secretary Ramesh Prasad Singh, adding, “The office will seal other houses, which are being used by members of the then royal family because the properties have already been nationalized.”
No one was at the house when police sealed it in the presence of the ward chairperson, journalists and locals. “Perhaps, they noticed we were coming there to seal the house and left the house before we reached there,” he added.
Earlier, Thapa had refused to vacate the house despite multiple requests from the office.
Acting Secretary Singh informed they are preparing to seal the house of Prerana Shah, the daughter of former King Gyanendra. Despite the Supreme Court order to vacate the house, Shah is still living in a house which is inside a 15 ropani 1 ana plot in Chhauni.
Former king Gyanendra had gifted the house to Prerana in dowry. “A 37-day deadline is expiring within a couple of days. If she does not leave the house within the given deadline, we will lock her house also,” said Singh.
In January 2017, the apex court had revised its earlier verdict and ordered the government to seize Prerana’s land and property gifted by the former king in dowry.