No interim order in Canadian man's petition

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court of Nepal on Tuesday refused to issue an interim order in the writ petition filed by Canadian national Robert Penner, who was told by the government to leave the country after revocation of his work visa on charge of violation of immigration rules.

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Sushila Karki and Justice Devendra Gopal Shrestha heard that since Penner had already left Nepal there was no need to issue an order in the case.

After revoking his work visa, the Department of Immigration had given him two days to leave Nepal earlier this month.

In his petition, Penner had argued that the DoI’s decision to revoke his visa was against the provisions of the Constitution of Nepal, 2015, particularly Article 17 and 20.

The Office of the Attorney General put forth a document that Penner apparently signed agreeing to leave the country, according to his lawyer Dipendra Jha.

"I, however, argued that the document was forged as Penner did not willingly signed it," Jha told THT Online over phone.

Penner has written on Twitter that he has been "advised not to comment on today's verdict for the time being".

I have been advised not to comment on today's verdict for the time being.

— Robert Penner (@robpenner) May 22, 2016

Earlier, Penner had been a vocal critic of the Government of Nepal on Twitter.

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