KATHMANDU: A special bench of the Supreme Court on Sunday issued a stay order in the name of government to not implement its decision to hand over the management and upgrading work of the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to an Indian Company without bidding.
The bench comprising Justices duo Sushila Karki and Tarka Raj Bhatta ordered the government not to implement the letter the Executive Officer of the Investment Board wrote to the executive chief of IL and FS Company of India till the writ was finalized.
The interim order mentioned that the government did not abide by the legal provision in awarding the contract.
However, the third Justice in the special bench, Ramkumar Prasad Saha, said there was no need of an interim order because the letter the investment board wrote to the Indian company would not cause irreparable loss nor jeopardize nation, nationality and the public. The interim order was however issued due to a majority in the bench.
Advocates Shree Prasad Pandit, Krishna Prasad Bhattarai and Bhupal Basnet had filed the writ petition at the Supreme Court on July 4, by naming the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers as the defendants. RSS