Supreme Court ‘sitting’ on 500 review pleas

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 9:

About 500 review pleas are ‘pending’ in the Supreme Court as the SC doesn’t seem to be giving priority to a plea seeking revival of the House of Representative. “About 500 review pleas are pending as the plea which was filed by advocate Dhruba Koirala seeking revive the Lower House three years ago is still pending,” a Supreme Court official told this daily. According to him, due to the SC not taking a decision on Koirala’s plea, other pleas are also pending for more than three years. There is a practice to decide any review plea within a year, but the SC seems not to be heeding it. “We cannot give priority to any particular case by discriminating against others,” the official added. Koirala had filed the review plea seeking the reinstatement of the House, challenging the verdict of a 11-member special bench that had upheld Sher Bahadur Deuba’s recommendation to the King to dissolve the lower chamber of parliament three years ago. As per the existing legal provision, the justices who issued initial verdicts have the rights to hear even the review pleas. Last year, the Supreme Court had immediately reviewed a single controversial case against drug peddler Gordon William Robinson and convicted him. When contacted Registrar Dr Ram Krishna Timalsena, said that the Supreme Court is thinking of working to clear the backlog soon.