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Nepal SC orders removal of facilities to ex-royals

Last Updated: Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 23:52

Kathmandu: Nepal`s Supreme Court has ordered
the government to withdraw all state facilities provided to
former prime ministers, ministers and ex-Royal family members,
ruling it arbitrary, discriminatory and against the law.

Nullifying the cabinet decisions taken over a period of
eight years to provide various facilities to the VIPs, the
apex court on Thursday asked the government to withdraw such
facilities, the MyRepublica online reported.

The court said that government decisions to provide such
facilities were arbitrary, discriminatory and against the law.
Meanwhile, former Prime Ministers Madhav Kumar Nepal,
Surya Bahadur Thapa and Pushpakamal Dahal `Prachanda` welcomed
the apex court order and decided to return the vehicles and
security guards provided to them by the state.

They have already informed Chief Secretary Madhav Prasad
Ghimire to take back the vehicles and security facilities at
any time.

"Former PMs Nepal and Thapa contacted me and said they
will not use the vehicles and facilities from Friday onwards,"
said Chief Secretary Madhav Ghimire, adding, "They have asked
me to come and take back the vehicles."

However, three other former Prime Ministers, Sher Bahadur
Deuba of Nepali Congress, Jhala Nath Khanal of CPN-UML and
Lokendra Bahadur Chanda of Rastriya Prajatantra Party have not
yet responded to the call of the Supreme Court.

Former King Gyanendra and ex-Crown Prince Paras Shah are
yet to make their decision regarding the matter.

Meanwhile, former Home Minister Bhim Rawal on Saturday returned
the vehicle and security guards provided by the state.


First Published: Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 23:50

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