KATHMANDU, June 26 : The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday refused to issue a stay order against speaking the Hindi language in parliament.
A single bench of Justice Prakash Kumar Dhungana refused to issue the stay order against using the Hindi language in parliament following preliminary hearings conducted on Thursday. Noting that the issue of whether or not to use any language in parliament needs to be settled only after the final hearing, the bench refused to issue the stay order as demanded.
The apex court was responding to a writ petition filed by advocates Keshar Jung KC and Lokendra Oli demanding the apex court order to stop speaking the Hindi language in parliament, arguing that the constitution and the existing laws have mandatory provisions for using the Nepali language as the official language.
The bench also sought the written replies of the government and parliament within 15 days on whether or not to allow speaking other languages in parliament. The petitioners in their petition have claimed that speaking Hindi in parliament is against Article 7 of the Constitution of Nepal and Rule 238(1) of the House of Representatives Rules, 2018.