KATHMANDU, Nov 16: The Supreme Court on Friday sought an explanation from the government on encroachment of Nepal's territory by India.
A single bench of Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana sought the explanation in response to a writ petition demanding protection of Nepal's territory.
The bench has given the authorities -- the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, the Ministries of Defense, Home and Land Reform and the Department of Survey-- 15 days to submit their explanation on the encroachment of Nepal's territories at Kalapani, Limpiyadhura, Sushta and Lipulekh.
The writ petition was filed by advocate Kanchan Krishna Neupane. The bench has placed the case in its priority list.
The petitioner has sought an order to the government to protect Nepal's territory, issue a new political map of the country incorporating the encroached territories and take diplomatic, political and legal initiatives, invoke international law and go to the United Nations in order to retrieve the encroached territories.
The writ petition was filed on November 13, claiming that a map recently issued by the Indian government undermines the sovereignty and integrity of Nepal.
The petitioner has sought action by the government as per Articles 2,3,4 and 5 of the Constitution, pointing out that it is the basic duty of the government to protect the territory of the country.
The petition has sought intervention by the apex court in order to uphold the dignity of the country.