SC seeks explanation

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court today sought clarification form the government authorities regarding the detention of 21 free Tibet activists.

A single bench of Justice Gauri Dhakal directed the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Metropolitan Police Range, Hanumandhoka to explain over the detention of the Tibetans.

The bench on Wednesday had directed the authorities to produce the detained Tibetans before the apex court within 3 days after receiving the court's order.

The police had arrested the Tibetans on the charge of being involved in anti-China movement on March 10 and 11 during their protest programme in Boudha.

The detained Tibetans include Tenjing Ultuk Wangchuk, Futeng Karma, Tenjing Nikpi, Lakpa Tenjing, Jangwa, Norbu Dorje, Langso Lama, Dolma Lama, Pugden Lama, Wangchuk Lalma and Udden Dolma. The government authorities have accused them of posing threat on the relation between Nepal and China.

Following their arrest, separate habeas corpus petitions were lodged by their relatives seeking the apex court's intervention in the case and demanded their release.

Meanwhile, responding to the apex court order, the government authorities today produced three free Tibet activists Sherav Dhendup, Sonam Dhendup and Kelsang Dhendup before the court. However, the apex court could not conduct the hearing due to lack of time of the Justices and told the government authorities to produce them on Sunday.