Nepal SC nod to new army recruits,but no more appointments

The Supreme Court on Friday allowed more than 3,000 new recruits in the Nepal Army to continue in office although the recruitment violates the peace process.

Written by Yubaraj Ghimire | Kathmandu | Published: March 14, 2009 11:10 pm

The Supreme Court on Friday allowed more than 3,000 new recruits in the Nepal Army to continue in office although the recruitment violates the peace process.

Announcing its verdict,a full bench of the Supreme Court — headed by Justice Ram Prasad Shrestha — on Friday said while the recruitment violated the peace process,all those who had received appointment letters would be employed by the army. However,the bench said there would be no recruitment in future.

On Thursday,Attorney General Raghab Lal Baidya did a volte face and appealed to the SC not to stay recruitment by the Nepal Army although it was unconstitutional. In the last two hearings,the Attorney General’s office had defended the army,saying that the recruitment against normal vacancies did not violate the peace process. “We were completely let down. But we anticipated this,so we hired private lawyers,” a senior army official told The Indian Express.

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