KATHMANDU, Feb 15: The Supreme Court on Friday issued show-cause notices to the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) and other government agencies concerned seeking their explanations for not prosecuting former prime ministers Madhav Kumar Nepal and Baburam Bhattarai in the high-profile Lalita Niwas land scam.

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: A writ petition has been filed at the Supreme Court Wednesday challenging the decision of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) to spare former prime ministers Madhav Kumar Nepal and Baburam Bhattarai from corruption charges in connection with the Lalita Niwas land grab scam.

Corruption weakens democracy

February 10, 2020 09:24 am

During the Gettysburg Address in 1863, Abraham Lincoln stated that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.” He must have thought democracy to be the best political system in the world. Albert Camus, a French philosopher trusted democracy to be the protection of the minority. For Harry Fosdick, democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people. If Lincoln, Camus, and Fosdick were alive today, they would probably be extremely disappointed to learn that democracy is in an acute crisis as it has failed to deliver on its promises.

KATHMANDU, Feb 9: Two days after the Commission for the Investigation of the Abuse of Authority (CIAA) filed a case against 175 individuals for illegally transferring the land of Lalita Niwas in their names, the ownership of land registered in the names of Nabin Paudel and former Supreme Court (SC) Justice Kumar Regmi has been quietly transferred in the name of the government.

KATHMANDU, Dec 8: The Constitutional bench of the Supreme Court on Friday upheld a three-year-old apex court verdict that paved the way for nationalizing land worth hundreds of millions belonging to Prerana Rajya Laxmi Singh.

KATHMANDU, Feb 7: The Supreme Court on Thursday annulled the contempt of court cases filed against Dr Govinda KC and  Kantipur Publications, acquitting them of contempt.

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: Nepal Bar Association (NBA), the umbrella organization of lawyers across the country, on Friday condemned what it called the government's violation of Supreme Court order issued in relation to the release of a detainee.

KATHMANDU, Jan 30: The Supreme Court (SC) has asked the government to submit a progress report on the implementation of an order it issued a year ago concerning land encroachment at Fewa lake in Pokhara. The apex court move has come in response to a contempt to court petition filed on August 30, 2018 by advocate Khagendra Subedi, accusing the government of not heeding the court .

KATHMANDU, Jan 29: The Supreme Court has asked the government to provide details concerning the implementation status of its previous order on the Fewa lake encroachment.

KATHMANDU, Jan 29: The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to issue a stay order against newly-elected Speaker of the House of Representatives Agni Prasad Sapkota carrying out the duties of his position.

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to issue a stay order over the writ petition against speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota filed by senior advocate Dinesh Tripathi.

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: The Supreme Court on Monday started the initial hearing on a case filed against the appointment of Agni Prasad Sapkota as the Speaker of lower House.

KATHMANDU, Jan 27: The Supreme Court on Sunday deferred the hearing of a writ petition filed to prevent Agni Prasad Sapkota from becoming speaker of the lower house of parliament.

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: Four prominent international human rights organizations have expressed concern over the Nepal government’s recent decision to appoint commissioners to two key transitional justice (TJ) bodies for restarting the TJ process without first undertaking adequate legal consultations and amending the legal frameworks to make the process consistent with international standards and  Supreme Court rulings.

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: The Judgment Execution Directorate of the Supreme Court has said that the government has been disobeying its repeated order to recognize Sonaha community as indigenous group.

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: A writ petition has been filed at the Supreme Court demanding the immediate arrest of Agni Sapkota, the sole candidate for the post of speaker.

KATHMANDU, Jan 22: The Supreme Court on Tuesday summoned government authorities over giving public holiday on Poush 27 to mark Prithivi Jayanti in memory of late king Prithvi Narayan Shah who unified the princely states of Nepal into one strong nation.

KATHMANDU, Jan 14: The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the finding of the Revenue Tribunal that some business entities including Bhat-Bhateni Super Market had faked VAT bills.

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.

Brazil’s Supreme Court on Thursday overturned an injunction against Netflix Inc that had prevented the video streaming service from showing a domestically-made controversial Christmas special that depicts Jesus as gay.

KATHMANDU, Jan 10: The Supreme Court has ordered the government to make arrangements to make post-mortem examinations mandatory for all Nepali migrant workers dying abroad.

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: A writ petition was filed at the Supreme Court on Wednesday challenging the recently promulgated Advertisement Regulation Act that goes against the spirit of the Constitution.

KATHMANDU, Jan 7: The Supreme Court on Monday directed Janaki Medical College (JMC) to admit even those students who were absent in the entrance examinations for the BDS course.

KATHMANDU, Jan 7: In a bid to restart the long-stalled transitional justice (TJ) process, the government is holding consultations with conflict victims and other stakeholders in all seven provinces from January 13.

KATHMANDU, Jan 6: Shambhu Bharati, who was serving a jail term at Dilli Bazaar Jail for embezzling millions of rupees while procuring logistics for Nepali peacekeepers in Sudan, has been released from the jail on Sunday before completing his term. Although he had been given a yearlong prison term, he remained in prison for just four months.

SC seeks original map of Nepal

January 2, 2020 08:33 am

KATHMANDU, Jan 2: The Supreme Court has sought the original map of Nepal exchanged with India during the signing of the Sugauli Treaty in 1816 that defines the border between Nepal and India.

KATHMANDU, Jan 1: The Supreme Court (SC) has issued an order to the government to present the copy of the official map of Nepal used while signing the Sugauli Treaty and the copy of the Treaty itself.

KATHMANDU, Dec 26: The Supreme Court has issued an interim order not to organise any type of strike in bank offices as the banking sector is the essential sector.

KATHMANDU, Dec 25: The Supreme Court has directed Kavrepalanchwok District Court (KDC) to appoint sign language interpreter to proceed with the hearings in a case related to property dispute as the victims are mute.

KATHMANDU, Dec 24: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the government to promulgate Animal Welfare Act in order to prevent cruel and harsh treatment of animals and birds in the course of transporting them.

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: The Supreme Court on Sunday asked the government agencies concerned to put on hold the ongoing construction works on the proposed Nijgadh airport in Bara district.

KATHMANDU, Dec 19: Stating that the government is making diplomatic efforts to resolve the border issues with neighboring India, Prime Minister KP Oli on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that the government does not require any directive from the apex court in this regard.

KATHMANDU, Dec 12: The Supreme Court on Wednesday summoned government authorities to discuss whether or not to issue an interim order against the appointment of officials of the National Information Commission (NIC) on Sunday.

JC seeks alternative to Baidik

December 12, 2019 06:46 am

KATHMANDU, Dec 12: The Judicial Council (JC), which is headed by Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana, has begun searching for alternatives to the candidacy of Padam Prasad Baidik for appointment as a Supreme Court justice.

KATHMANDU, Dec 11: A writ petition was filed at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, challenging the recent appointment of the office-bearers of the National Information Commission (NIC).

‘No alternative to Nijgadh Airport’

December 8, 2019 07:53 am

KATHMANDU, Dec 8: A day after the Supreme Court directed the authorities concerned of the government to put on hold the construction of the proposed Nijgadh International Airport until the final verdict, Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Yogesh Bhattarai, has said that he is ready to explain to the apex court why there is no alternative to constructing the proposed international airport in Nijgadh.

KATHMANDU, Dec 7: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the authorities concerned including the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation to stay  construction work on the proposed Nijgadh airport in Bara district.

JC fails to pick SC justice

December 6, 2019 07:58 am

KATHMANDU, Dec 6: The Judicial Council (JC) led by Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana on Thursday failed to pick the nominee for a vacant post of justice at the Supreme Court (SC).

KATHMANDU, Dec 6: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday issued summons to some bigwigs including Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa and Kathmandu Metropolitan City Mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya for not properly working as directed by the apex court some four years ago.

KATHMANDU, Dec 5: The Supreme Court (SC) is mulling to set strict criteria for conferring title of 'senior advocate' to lawyers.

International concern

December 1, 2019 12:14 pm

Increasingly, international community has been showing its concern over the delayed transitional justice process of Nepal. They have, time and again, reminded the government of Nepal’s obligation to the international treaties and drawn the attention of the government to resolve this issue in line with the international standards and the verdict of the Supreme Court.

KATHMANDU, Nov 30: A contempt of court charge was filed at the Supreme Court  (SC) on Friday against the high authorities including Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa and Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) Mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya, accusing them of not abiding by a court order issued in relation to keeping intact the environment of the capital city by controlling visual pollution

KATHMANDU, Nov 22: Making public the full text of its judgment, the Supreme Court on Thursday said Ncell, the private sector telecom service provider, has a remaining capital gains tax (CGT) liability of only Rs 21.10 billion.

KATHMANDU, Nov 21: The Supreme Court said on Thursday that Ncell, a private telecom company, can pay only Rs 21.10 billion in capital gains tax against the Rs 39.06 billion determined by the Large Taxpayers' Office under the Nepal government.

KATHMANDU, Nov 20: The government is preparing to hold consultations on the draft of the Transitional Justice (TJ) bill in all seven provinces in a bid to seek wider support for the controversial bill.

SC slaps 11 and half-year jail on rapists

November 19, 2019 08:06 am

KATHMANDU, Nov 19: The Supreme Court on Monday slapped 11 and half-year jail terms on the rapists of Pooja Bohara, a minor at the time of the crime.

KATHMANDU, Nov 16: The Supreme Court on Friday sought an explanation from the government on encroachment of Nepal's territory by India.

Door opens to arrest actress Shilpa

November 14, 2019 19:17 pm

The Supreme Court (SC) has rejected the writ petition filed by actress Shilpa Pokharel against the decision of the district court Kathmandu to issue an arrest warrant against her

KATHMANDU, Nov 14: Two separate writ petitions were filed at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, demanding that the court order the government to protect the Nepali territories of Kalapani, Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Susta.

NEW DELHI, Nov 9: India’s Supreme Court on Saturday awarded a Hindu group the ownership of a centuries-old religious site also claimed by Muslims in a case that has caused deep divisions and deadly riots between the two communities.