Rayamajhi report case hearing put off

Kathmandu, March 2:

The Supreme Court has put off the final hearing on a writ petition, which was filed seeking the implementation of the Rayamajhi Commission report.

A single bench had, on January 31, scheduled the hearing on the petition for Sunday.

The weekly cause list published today with the approval of Chief Justice Dilip Kumar Paudel has deferred the final hearing. The apex court, however, has not set another date for the hearing.

“I am surprised by the decision of the Supreme Court to defer the date for hearing on the petition despite the order of the bench,” advocate Chandra Kanta Gyawali, who had filed the writ petition, told this daily. “This is not reasonable as defendants have already submitted their explanations as per the SC order,” Gyawali said. He had filed the petition, demanding the Supreme Court order to implement the report and make it public.

Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, Prime Minister’s Office and Deputy Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli have submitted their written affidavits, saying the government has started the implementation of the report by giving the authority to the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority to act on it.

The PM, PMO and Deputy Prime Minister had urged the apex court to quash the petition, saying the government will make the report public at a suitable time. Issuing show cause notices on January 31, a single bench of Justice Ram Kumar Prasad Shah had scheduled the final hearing on the case for Sunday.

Spokesperson for the Supreme Court Durga Prasad Dawadi said the hearing was put off due to technical reasons.

“The Supreme Court has no mala fide intention to defer the case,” Dawadi said, adding, “The next date for the final hearing will be fixed soon.”