KATHMANDU — The government has registered a bill at the Legislature-Parliament Secretariat on Sunday, looking for revision and combination of laws to make the judicial system compatible with the federal system.
The Bill to Amend and Integrate Acts Related to the Judicial Administration proposes to transform seven of the 16 existing appellate courts into high courts as per the constitutional obligation to set up high courts in each province within one year of promulgation of the new constitution.
According to this procurement, there will be one high court in each of the seven federal provinces, while the remaining nine appellate courts will be converted into benches of the high courts of the provinces concerned.
The high courts will be more powerful than the appellate courts and will give final verdict on many cases that are under the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, said Tek Prasad Dhungana, secretary, Ministry of Law, Justice and Constituent Assembly.
The government’s move comes as an initiative toward implementing the constitutional provisions relating to federating the country into seven provinces.
The new Constitution has made it mandatory to replace the appellate courts structure within one year of commencement of the new Constitution, which was promulgated on September 20.
Article 300 (3) of the new Constitution provisions that the enactment of federal laws, establishment of the high courts and dissolution of the existing appellate courts must all be done within a year of commencement of the new Constitution.
All the 16 appellate courts will be dissolved after the new bill is passed and their resources will be transferred to HCs.Follow @gorkhapost
Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days
KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.
Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.
Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.
Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.
According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.Follow @gorkhapost