SC orders to summon Amicus curiae in Nepali orthography case

Published On: September 22, 2023 05:00 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Sept 22: The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered to summon amicus curiae (expert giving opinion to the court) in the writ petition registered addressing the issue of flaw in the Nepali orthography. 

A joint bench of Justices Kumar Chudal and Binod Sharma has ordered a senior advocate or attorney to provide expertise on Nepali orthography matters. The SC has ordered to invite a legal expert who is well-versed Nepali language intricacies to give an opinion.

According to Govinda Prasad Ghimire, the Information Officer of the Supreme Court, four amicus curiae individuals have been summoned. Among them, two are selected by the Nepal Bar Association and the two others by the Supreme Court Bar Association. These appointees are expected to have knowledge in both language and typographical aspects.

Amicus curiae appointments are customary when courts require expert opinions on intricate and specialized cases. The writ petition, which was registered on September 9, 2016, was finally heard on September 21, 2023, after seven years of proceedings. The case, considered to be of paramount public interest, experienced multiple delays and postponements.

Journalist Tapendra Karki, Advocate Swagat Nepal, Baldev Sharma Adhikari, Lal Nath Subedi, Maheshwar Neupane and others had filed four separate writ petitions saying that there were grammatical errors in Nepali orthography.

In the year 2067 BS, after the Curriculum Development Center under the Ministry of Education decided to modify its old 'editing and publishing style', a language dispute arose and a lawsuit was filed over it.


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