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SC seeks clarification for lowering jail term of black marketers

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KATHMANDU — The Supreme Court has issued a show cause notice to the government authorities, demanding the reason for shortening jail terms of black marketers amending Some Other Public Crimes and Punishment Act, 1975.

The five-member Constitutional Bench of the apex court comprising Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli, Deepak Raj Joshee, Om Prakash Mishra, Deepak Kumar Karki and Cholendra SJB Rana on Wednesday issued the notice to the government, seeking clarification on the two-year-old amendment that provisions a lower jail term than before for those convicted for black marketing.

Stating that the government led by KP Sharma Oli amended the Act with an intention of supporting black marketers, petitioner by advocate Jagannath Mishra had accused it of reducing the jail term to ultimately support entrepreneurs who engage in black marketing.

The petitioner also stated that the government had hatched a conspiracy to support black marketers with a lighter punishment by amending the Act.

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The amendment came into effect from February 25, 2016 which reduced the jail sentence for various crimes such as profiteering, manipulating the supply of goods, cheating on quality and creating artificial shortages, from between three to 10 years in jail to up to no more than one year.

Advocate Mishra accused the government of undermining social justice for consumers as enshrined in the Constitution stating the provision was inserted in the Act in a grave deviation from the principal of consumerism and the constitutionally guaranteed rights of consumers.

Article 52 of the Constitution states that only cases deserving more than one-year jail sentence can be tried in district court and other cases which may deserve lighter punishment will be tried in other quasi-judicial bodies such as the District Administration Office.

The petitioner has sought the apex court’s intervention to put the rights of consumers back on track.

The bench has given the defendants — the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Minister, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Law and Justice and the Parliament Secretariat — 15 days to submit their written replies.

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Action should be taken against the corrupt : Prachand





LAHAN — CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that he is committed for not letting commission mongers and corrupt walk freely, stating development of the country is in a mess due to them.

“Development cannot be imagined without good governance. Action should be taken against the corrupt to maintain good governance. The government will take stern step for the same,” Dahal said while laying the foundation stone for upgrading task of East-West Postal Highway at Bariyarpatti of Siraha on Tuesday.

Saying political revolution has now completed, he expressed the view that Nepal would be made a prosperous country of the world within five to ten years with a new revolution of development.

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Likewise, Dahal also said that the left alliance had assured people of good governance, stability, development and prosperity through its common manifesto and claimed that the incumbent government, which has garnered around two thirds majority, would fulfill people’s wish and aspiration.

Saying the plan of upgrading of postal highway, which is considered as a lifeline of Madhes, was forwarded during his term as the Prime Minister, he said upgrading of the postal highway would not be obstructed in any pretext.

Similarly, Minister for Physical Planning and Transport, Raghubir Mahaseth, said that all political parties should stand together for the development and prosperity of the country.

He also said that the government would take action against those contractors who failed to complete the construction task on deadline.

Likewise, Chief Minister of province no 2, Lalbabu Raut, expressed determination that the provincial government would present itself strongly to control corruption.

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