Who are the Courts for?

July 4, 2023 09:00 am

A recent ruling by Kathmandu District Court in the favor of petitioners who challenged the decision of Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) Mayor Balendra Shah (a.k.a Balen) to stop screening Indian movies in Kathmandu has brought two issues to the fore - who our judicial bodies are serving and are laws and court orders breakable.

KATHMANDU, June 15: Lawmakers across parties have argued that the court should pave the way for the Nepalis, who do not have citizenship certificates, to obtain citizenship certificates without any further delay.

KATHMANDU, Nov 3: Hearing on the rape case against the suspended captain of the Nepal's National Cricket Team, Sandeep Lamichhane, started from Wednesday in the District Court of Kathmandu.

KATHMANDU, Nov 2: The District Court Kathmandu has finished recording the statement of Sandeep Lamichhane, the suspended Captain of the Nepali National Cricket team, in a rape case registered against him.

KATHMANDU, Oct 31: The charge sheet against cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane, who is accused of raping a minor, will be filed today in the Kathmandu District Court.

KATHMANDU, Sept 30: The salaries and allowances of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) will be withheld until the court orders. The Parliament Secretariat has withheld the salaries and allowances that they are to get after September 17. Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota and Deputy Speaker Pushpa Bhusal's salaries have been withheld and the salaries and allowances to be received by their personal secretaries, too, have been held back.

KATHMANDU, July 24: The Patan High Court on Sunday issued a stay order, asking Nepal Bank Limited (NBL) to halt the process of taking the property of Fulbari Resort & Spa into auction.

The Injustice of Delayed Justice

March 7, 2022 19:31 pm

Nearly 160,000 cases are pending at the three tiers of courts in the country. Put simply, this means hundreds of thousands of people are waiting for justice - an overwhelming number of them for years. When will their wait be over? When will they get justice?

KATHMANDU, Dec 16: A full court meeting of the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday decided to enforce scheduling hearings of cases through the lottery system from January 16, 2022.

Britney Spears is welcoming public scrutiny of the court conservatorship that has controlled her life and money for 12 years as she seeks to push her father out of power, according to a Thursday court filing.

American actress Amber Heard told London’s High Court on Monday her ex-husband Johnny Depp had threatened to kill her many times during years of abuse, denying she had made up her allegations of domestic violence.

Hollywood star Johnny Depp’s former estate manager told London’s High Court on Wednesday that he found a piece of the actor’s severed finger following his alleged confrontation with ex-wife Amber Heard.

Justice during Covid-19

May 17, 2020 12:20 pm

As a part of preventive measure taken in response to COVID-19 outbreak, judicatures across the globe have announced the closure of non-urgent proceedings. Superior courts issued scores of orders, some of which were intended to remind the state of its welfare functions, while the others were related to the release of inmates and juvenile delinquents.

PARALIMNI, CYPRUS, DEC 30: A Cyprus court on Monday found a British woman guilty of lying about being gang-raped by Israeli youths six months ago.

KATHMANDU, Dec 17: A group of lawmakers on Monday filed a writ petition at the Supreme Court, demanding the apex court scrap the regulations governing the Constituency Infrastructure Development Program (CIDP) as these discriminate between lawmakers elected under First Past the Post and and those elected under Proportional Representation .

A Moroccan court on Monday sentenced a rap star to a year in prison and a fine of 1,000 dirhams ($103) for insulting the police in a case that has prompted rights groups to voice alarm over freedom of expression in the North African kingdom.

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October 15, 2019 18:00 pm

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KATHMANDU, Oct 15: Former Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara has been produced before the Kathmandu District Court.

A man who stole a Russian masterpiece worth about $1 million from a Moscow art gallery in broad daylight in January was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday.

Former lawmaker Karki sent to jail

September 5, 2019 15:15 pm

KATHMANDU, Sept 5: Former lawmaker, who was convicted in a corruption case by the court, Dol Bahadur (DB) Karki, has been sent to jail on Thursday.

CHITWAN, Aug 26: Police filed a charge-sheet against Rabi Lamichhane, Yuvaraj Kandel and Asmita Karki at the Chitwan District Court on Sunday in connection with the suicide case of journalist Shalikram Pudasaini who was found hanging at a hotel in Chitwan on August 5.

CHITWAN, Aug 25: Police have filed a charge-sheet against television presenter Rabi Lamichhane and two others at Chitwan District Court on Sunday in connection with a suicide of journalist Shalik Ram Pudasaini.

BANGKOK, Aug 14: A court in Thailand on Wednesday dismissed terrorism and other charges against 24 leaders of an extended street protest in 2010 that saw key areas of central Bangkok closed off and random violence that was ended by military force.

JANAKPUR, Aug 2: In a first for the Federal Republic of Nepal, a provincial government on Thursday filed a writ petition at the Supreme Court against the federal government, accusing the latter of trying to capture some forests in the province by setting up a company that would get merged into the Timber Corporation of Nepal.

KATHMANDU, August 1: Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JBR has urged the media persons not to carry news on the cases that are sub-judice in the court, arguing that it could affect the judiciary's performance for justice delivery.

KATHMANDU, July 16: A visa service provider which is at the heart of a high-profile corruption case in Malaysia and a long-running legal battle in Nepal has received a clean chit in a case disputing its legality.

KATHMANDU, July 13: The District Court of Kathmandu has acquitted the operator of Malaysia VLN Nepal Ram Shrestha on the charge of overcharging Nepali for visa processing.

KATHMANDU, July 10: The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the government's recent decision to put on hold its previous decision to carry out pesticide testing for vegetables and fruits imported from India.

CHITWAN, July 1: Two Maoist activists who were convicted for tearing up ballot papers during the election in Bharatpur Metropolis in 2017 have been handed down with fine of Rs 100,000 each.

KATHMANDU, June 30: The Constitutional Council (CC) headed by the prime minister has failed to pick the heads and other office bearers of various constitutional commissions for years although a provision in the constitution makes a prompt appointment of such officials mandatory.

RUKUM, June 28: The District Court of Rukum has imposed a fine of Rs 1000 on a ward chief of East Rukum for beating up a woman a few months ago. He has also been ordered to pay a compensation of Rs 2,000 to the woman.

A panel of 11 judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Monday to hear Led Zeppelin’s appeal in a copyright lawsuit alleging the group stole its 1971 rock epic from an obscure 1960s instrumental.

LAS VEGAS, June 6: A lawsuit by a Nevada woman accusing soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo of raping her in 2009 at a Las Vegas Strip resort has been moved from state to federal court in Las Vegas, her lawyer said Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, June 6: As the Province 2 government threatens to launch a legal challenge against the recent vacancy announcement by the Public Service Commission (PSC) arguing that the announcement is in breach of the principles of proportional representation enshrined in the constitution, the PSC said the announcement is in line with the constitution and will not be withdrawn.

JANAKPUR, May 25: The Janakpur High court on Thursday ordered the authorities to remand Mahant (chief priest) Baikuntha Das Vaishnav of the Ratnasagar Temple in Janakpur in police custody. He has been accused of forging documents allegedly to sell off land belonging to Janak Hajari Vidhyapith, a campus-affiliated to Nepal Sanskrit University.

DHADING, May 24: The District Court (DC), Dhading, on Wednesday convicted 26 persons for the killing of two shamans in Gangajamuna Rural Municipality-2 about a year ago.

KATHMANDU, May 21: The Patan High Court on Sunday ordered five industrial firms to pay electricity tariff of dedicated lines/trunk lines as determined by the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA).

KATHMANDU, May 9: Bhaktapur District Court has ordered the authorities to transfer 131 ropani [6.66 hectares] of government land to the family of Diwakar Rana.

KATHMANDU, April 27: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the distribution of citizenship by descent to the offspring of those who were given citizenship by birth under a special one-time decision taken some 12 years ago.

NEW DELHI, April 17: Google has blocked access to the hugely popular video app TikTok in India to comply with a state court’s directive to prohibit its downloads, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

DUBAI (Reuters) - A Bahraini court sentenced 138 people to prison on terror charges on Tuesday, including 69 to life sentence, and revoked their citizenship, the public prosecutor said in a statement.

DHARAN, March 21: After the Supreme Court (SC) on Sunday issued an interim order to the government not to sack Prof Dr Raj Kumar Rauniyar from the post of vice-chancellor of the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS), Dharan, he returned to work amid celebrations by his supporters.

KATHMANDU, March 18: The Kathmandu District Court on Sunday granted a five-day judicial remand to Communist Party of Nepal politburo member Mohan Karki alias Jibanta.

DHANGADI, Mar 14: Kanchanpur District Court has ordered to release the police officials on bail, who were charged for allegedly meting out torture and destroying evidence associated to the rape and subsequent murder of Nirmala Panta – a 13-year-old girl from Bhimdutta municipality-2 of Kanchanpur.

Gopal Siwakoti remanded in custody

March 13, 2019 19:33 pm

KATHMANDU, March 13: Gopal Siwakoti, who is accused in the 33.5 million fraud scam, has been remanded in custody.

KATHMANDU, March 11: Dr Gopal Shiwakoti ‘Chintan’, who has faced fraud charges of Rs 33.5 million in various cases including much-awaited Melamchi project, denied providing his statement at the court today.

Kanchanpur, March 8: A case has been registered at Kanchanpur District Court against eight police officials for allegedly meting out torture and destroying evidences associated to the rape and subsequent murder of Nirmala Panta – a 13-year-old girl from Bhimdutta municipality-2 of Kanchanpur.

Biratnagar, March 7: Presidium member of the Rastriya Janata Party (RJP) - Nepal, Rajendra Mahato, has said that they would go to the people against the court's decision of sentencing life imprisonment to the parliamentarian elected by the people.

Court and creative arts

March 6, 2019 02:00 am

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court issued such an order which could not only restrict production of creative arts, but also set an unpleasant precedent in the sphere of freedom of expression.

CHICAGO, Feb 24: Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly, who has faced years of sexual abuse allegations, was ordered held on a $1 million bond on Saturday on charges that he sexually assaulted three teenagers and a woman, as prosecutors offered new details in the case.