Supreme Court Stays Implementation of Citizenship Ordinance

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Supreme Court Stays Implementation of Citizenship Ordinance

June 11: The Supreme Court has an issued interim on Thrusday order asking the government not to implement the Citizenship Ordinance 2078.

The constitutional bench comprising of Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana and justices Dipak Kumar Karki, Mira Khadka, Hari Krishna Karki and Ishwor Prasad Khatiwada on Thursday (June 10) issued the order prohibiting the government from implementing the ordinance.  

The apex court has directed the government not to implement the ordinance until a final verdict on writ petitions filed against the ordinance is issued.   
The constitutional bench noted that any ordinance that is not endorsed through the parliament by fulfilling the constitutional provision is likely to create confusion in the future.

"In such case, it is appropriate to make arrangement through the federal parliament with the passage of the bill. It is the right constitutional process of making law," the ordinance reminded the government, adding, "There is no judicial relevance of implementation the ordinance at present."    
The president had issued the ordinance upon the recommendation of the Council of Ministers on May 23. Such decision was taken after the ruling party brokered a deal with Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP) to this effect.     
Six writ petitions were filed against the ordinance at the apex court by advocates Bishnu Kumar Giri, Ram Bahadur Shahi, Kul Bahadur Bogati, Birbhadra Joshi and Laxman Pokharel.

Responding to the writ petitions, the Supreme Court also ordered the government to submit written clarification within seven days.


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