KATHMANDU, Dec 13: In yet another blow to the present government, the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday directed the government not to take any decision to legalize conflict-era property transactions carried out by then Maoists´ “people´s government”.
Responding to a writ petition filed by a group of advocates affiliated to the Democratic Lawyers´ Association (DLA), a full bench of justices Ram Kumar Prasad Shah, Girishchandra Lal and Sushila Karki stated that the decisions taken by then Maoists´ “people´s government” were illegal.
However, the apex court scraped the writ petition stating that the government has already decided not to implement the decision to legalize conflict-era property transactions.
Earlier, a single bench of Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi on January 19 had issued a stay order against the government´s controversial decision. Stating that the case was of public importance and a complex one, the chief justice had also ordered the apex court to bring the case before a full bench.
A cabinet meeting on January 12 had decided to legalize conflict-era property transactions carried out by then Maoists´ “people´s government”.
Following protests from the opposition parties in parliament, the government on February 15 withdrew its decision and decided to resolve the problem through political consensus. However, the committee has not been formed even 10 months after the cabinet decision.
Then Maoists´ “people´s government” had taken the decisions related to property transactions when Baburam Bhattarai was the chief of then Maoists´ “people´s government”.
Advocate Biswas Acharya, among other lawyers affiliated with the DLA, on January 17 had filed the writ petition stating that the cabinet decision was illegal.