Nepal SC stays govt decision on wartime land deals
Last Updated: Wednesday, February 01, 2012, 00:26
Kathmandu: Nepal's Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed a controversial decision of the government to legalise land transactions sanctioned by the former rebels' parallel administration during the decade-long civil war, a ruling seen as a setback to the Maoist-led coalition.

A Supreme Court bench of Justices Kalyan Shrestha, Damodar Sharma and Tahir Ali Ansari stayed the government decision to legalize the land transaction under the "Revolutionary Council", the Maoists' parallel administration, Myrepublica online, the website of Republica newspapers reported.

On January 12, the Nepal Cabinet decided to distribute land ownership certificates for plots purchased, sold and transferred by the "Revolutionary Council" during the decade-long insurgency that ended in 2006.

The Maoist's Revolutionary Council had brokered more than 12,000 land and property deals in five mid-western districts during the insurgency, according to earlier reports.

Opposition parties, including the second largest Nepali Congress party and the largest communist party, Nepal Communist Party-UML, had stepped up pressure on the government to revoke the decision to provide legitimacy to the properties purchased, sold, and distributed by the former rebels.

Analysts say the latest ruling is a setback to the Maoists' attempt to give a legal framework to their illegal activities during the civil war in the country.

Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala earlier said that it was a straight breach of the 2006 Comprehensive Peace Accord and other agreements related the peace they had signed in the past.

The Maoists, who joined mainstream politics after the 2006 peace deal with the interim government led by G. P. Koirala, won the largest number of parliamentary seats in the April 2008 general elections.


First Published: Wednesday, February 01, 2012, 00:26

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