SC verdict on terrorist tag soon

Kathmandu, March 16:

The Supreme Court today said it would issue a verdict on March 23 on whether the government’s two-year-old decision to label the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist a terrorist organisation was a constitutional move.

A three-member full bench of Justices Khil Raj Regmi, Badri Kumar Basnet and Gauri Dhakal today scheduled the date to issue the verdict following today’s final hearing on the petition filed by one Taranath Ghimere, seeking the apex court’s order to scrap the decision.

A single bench of the Supreme Court had earlier responded on the peition saying the issue was related with Article 113 of the Constitution that guaranteed existence of political party and that there was a need to interpret the Constitution on the context of the government’s decision of tagging Maoists as a terrorists’ organisation.

Since then the case is being examined by the three-member justices.