Hada files court contempt case against PM
KATHMANDU, AUG 30 - Citing the government failure to implement the stay order that reinstated her in her previous posting at the Ministry of Irrigation (MoI), Secretary Brinda Hada on Thursday filed a contempt of court case against Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai and others at the Supreme Court.
The other defendants include Minister for Irrigation Mahendra Prasad Yadav, Chief Secretary Lila Mani Poudel and Secretary Pratap Kumar Pathak who is also posted at the MoI. The apex court on August 23 had stayed the August 17 decision of the Prime Minister's Office to transfer her on deputation at the PM's office.
According to the contempt application, the MoI was provided with the court's decision on August 24. In the petition, Hada has claimed that since she has not accepted the transfer letter from the ministry, no other official can be appointed to the post.
The secretary also claimed the government appointed Pratap Kumar Pathak to the post, which shows the “ill-intention of the defendants” along with their intent not to comply with the court order. She said that despite requesting Secretary Pathak in writing to follow the court order, he has been issuing orders in the capacity of a secretary of the ministry by ignoring the order.
This is the second contempt of court case filed against PM Bhattarai this year. In May, Advocate Kamal Prasad Itani had filed a contempt of court case against him and then law minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula after the Cabinet registered a bill in the Constitution Assembly Secretariat, seeking amendment to the Interim Constitution 2007.
Itani had filed the case arguing that the bill was registered notwithstanding the SC that had put a cap on the extension of CA term. According to the law, those held guilty over contempt of court charges would be liable to face a one-year jail or a fine of Rs 10, 000 or both. However, the court could forgive the charges if the guilty begs pardon before the court.
Posted on: 2012-08-30 11:59