Nepal’s apex court digging out details on Airport security handover to Indian firm

KATHMANDU: In a writ petition seeking withdrawal of the government’s decision to hand over responsibility of up-gradation, improvement and management of the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to Indian Company, the Supreme Court on Thursday has ordered to demand Detail Project Report (DPR) of the work.

A special bench of justice trio, Damodar Prasad Sharma, Sushila Karki and Kamal Narayan Das, issued the order in the name of Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM). The bench also decided to set the date of hearing on the case on coming July 26.

In the hearing that took place on Wednesday and today, the government side advocates had argued that the DPR was not prepared while legal practitioners favoring writ petitioner claimed it was already prepared.

Demanding withdrawal of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) made by the incumbent caretaker government to hand over the management of the airport to Indian Company IL&FS against national interest, advocate trio Shree Prasad Pandit, Krishna Prasad Bhattarai and Bhupal Basnet had jointly registered a writ last week.

Through the writ, they demanded the apex court issue interim order to stay other remaining actions and procedures of the MoU secretly signed against the provision of its endorsement through Parliament as per the Clause 156 of the Interim Constitution. RSS

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