Writ plea filed in SC against Citizenship Act

Kathmandu, November 29:

A writ petition was produced in the Supreme Court today challenging the recently promulgated Nepal Citizenship Act, 2006. Advocate Amita Shrestha produced the petition, claiming that the Act will benefit non-Nepalis. Accusing the House of of Representatives of passing the Act with ill intention, she urged the apex court to intervene in the issue.

The Supreme Court administration told the petitioner that the court would decide whether or not to accept the petition tomorrow.

The Office of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, the House of Representatives and Speaker Subas Nembang, the Ministries of Home Affairs and Law, the Justice and Parliamentary Affairs have been made defendants in the petition.

Noting that the Citizenship Act was promulgated after declaring Articles 8, 9 and 10 of the 1990 Constitution null and void, the petitioner said the parliament has no authority to scrap any Article of the Constitution.