SC allows Nepal Trust to file review petition

The apex court had earlier ordered the trust to return land it had taken over from former princess Prerana

Kathmandu, September 2

The Supreme Court today gave permission to Nepal Trust to file a review petition against its own decision that had ordered Nepal Trust to return 15 ropanis and one ana land to former princess Prerana Rajya Laxmi Singh.

This means that Nepal Trust can now file a review petition against the apex court’s verdict delivered last year.

A division bench of Chief Justice Ram Kumar Prasad Sah and Justice Cholendra SJB Rana had delivered the verdict on June 21 last year.

The apex court had observed that the trust was authorised to nationalise the properties oflate king Birendra Shah, late queen Aishwarya and their children only.

Today’s order was passed by a full bench of the Supreme Court comprising justices Bishwambhar Prasad Shrestha, Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada and Anand Mohan Bhattarai.

According to Spokesperson for the Supreme Court Nahakul Subedi, the full bench gave permission to the Nepal Trust to file a review petition observing that former princess Prerana sought legal remedies after seven years, which was unnecessary delay.

According to Subedi, the full bench also observed in today’s order that land in question was in the name of late king Birendra and was never transferred to Gyanendra Shah.

The former princess, in her writ petition filed on February 8, 2015, had argued that the trust illegally took over the property that she received from her father  former king Gyanendra as gift when she was married off.

The land situated in a posh area in Tahachal of the capital is worth Rs 900 million as per the current market rates.