Govt not for SC building shift

KATHMANDU: The government has turned down the proposal of the Supreme Court (SC) to shift the latter's office building to the north side of Singha Durbar.

"We recently received the government's response that our proposal to shift the SC in the north side was not possible," an SC Justice told The Himalayan Times today.

According to him, they were yet to get another response whether the government was ready to accept another proposal for expanding the apex court building in the land behind its existing building near Singha Durbar where there is a Nepali Army cavalry. The apex court office has been constructed in 19 ropani land.

A team led by Chief Justice Min Bahadur Rayamajhi had recently visited PM Madhav Kumar Nepal to apprise of their demand to shift the apex court and also to brief its reforms programmes. Justices Anup Raj Sharma, Ram Prasad Shrestha, Khil Raj Regmi and Top Bahadur Magar, and Registrar Ram Krishna Timalsena were the others in the delegation.

"During the meeting, Nepal told them that the new construction in the open space of Singha Durbar was not suitable and the government was against it whatsoever," the Justice told quoting PM Nepal as saying during the meeting.

"Actually, it was the alternative proposed by the government's Singha Durbar Construction Committee to shift SC in the area where there is 52 ropani of land,” he revealed. “Interestingly, the same proposal has been rejected by the government now.”