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Supreme Court orders Dixit’s release

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KATHMANDU — The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority to release Sajha Yatayat Chairperson Kanak Mani Dixit from detention.

Responding to a habeas corpus petition filed by Dixit’s wife Shanta, a division bench of the Acting Chief Justice Sushila Karki and Justice Jagadish Sharma Paudel scrapped the Special Court’s decision to remand Dixit to a 10-day judicial custody.

Dixit was released immediately after the court’s order but was taken to Intensive Care Unit of Bir Hospital, as he suffered hypertension, said his btother Kunda Dixit.

The Supreme Court stated that the Special Court’s order to remand Dixit did not mention the jurisdiction and purpose of the investigation and did not care whether the investigation was satisfactory or not.

The division benches additionally ordered the CIAA to investigate and prosecute Dixit in the corruption case while releasing him.

The CIAA on Monday produced Dixit at the apex court following Thursday’s court order to present Dixit before the court.

Dixit’s wife Shanta on Wednesday had registered the petition at the apex court claiming that the arrest was illegal.

The Special Court on April 24 had remanded Dixit to a 10-day judicial custody. Dixit was arrested on April 22 on the charge of amassing property through illegal means.

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Govt fixes 18 ministries including Office of PM in Center

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KATHMANDU — The government has fixed 18 ministries, including the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM) from the current 30, at the central level, under the new federal setup.

A cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s official residence at Baluwatar on Friday fixed the number of ministries including the OPMCM at 18.

The Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli decided to limit the Cabinet to 18 ministries, including the Prime Minister’s Office, according to Environment Minister Lal Babu Pandit.

“Now the number of ministries will be 18, with the OPMCM included,” Minister Pandit told reporters following the cabinet meeting.

The cabinet decision comes two days after leaders of the left alliance–CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center)–agreed to bring down the number of ministries to 18 at the federal level.

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The new constitution has stated the central government can have a maximum of 25 ministers, including the prime minister.

Besides the OPMCM, the proposed 17 ministries are the federal affairs and general administration; ministries of finance and planning; foreign affairs; defense; physical infrastructure and transport; health and population; information and communications; law, justice and parliamentary affairs; culture, tourism and civil aviation; labor, employment, women and children; urban development, drinking water and sanitation; and agriculture, cooperatives and land management; education and sports; home affairs; forest and environment; water resources and energy; industry, commerce and supplies.

Likewise, the Cabinet meeting has also appointed CPN-UML politburo member Bishnu Rimal as Chief Political Advisor to PM. Earlier, Rimal had served as the chief political advisor during Oli’s previous premiership.

The decision will come into effect after the government endorses the proposal on the jurisdictions of the 17 ministries, according to OPMCM officials.

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