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Legal Practitioners stage sit-in in front of Courts; SC directs Govt. to return seized equipments of Thapa’s firm


KATHMANDU: Legal practitioners have staged sit-in in front of the courts nationwide on Sunday against the Supreme Court’s decision to scrap 17 writs and a raid carried out by the Revenue Investigation Department in law firms of two prominent lawyers including Shambhu Thapa.

The law practitioners staged demonstration for an hour from 11:00 am by masking their mouths with black clothes in front of the courts at the call of the Nepal Bar Association (NBA). The lawyers said that the agitation was organized against the Supreme Court’s decision to scrap the writs filed against the Chairman of the Interim Election Council of Ministers and the Presidential decree removing the constitutional difficulties. The lawyers say that the writs were scrapped without giving them a chance for hearing. Likewise, the lawyers have also protested the raids carried out by the officials in the law firms of former President of NBA Thapa and advocate Uddhav KC.

The Supreme Court (SC) on Sunday issued an interim order directing the government to return all the equipments confiscated from the law firm owned by former president of Nepal Bar Association (NBA) Shambhu Thapa.

Responding to a writ filed by Thapa on Sunday against ‘illegal raid’ of his law firm, a single bench of justice Prakash Wosti directed the Department of Revenue Investigation (DRI) to return the equipments seized from Thapa’s law firm on Friday. A DRI team led by Joint Secretary Khim Kunwar, along with police personnel, had raided Putalisadak-based Legal Advisory Forum of Thapa and confiscated two laptop sets, one computer CPU and two VAT bill pads from the office.

Meanwhile, the poll opposing 33-party alliance have condemned the raid in the law firm of former President of Nepal Bar Association Shambhu Thapa and stated that the raid was an infringement on freedom of expression.

Issuing a press statement on Sunday on behalf of the 33-party front, CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Gurung said that the raid carried out by the Department of Revenue Investigation without any prior information was extrajudicial. Gurung has also urged the government not to move ahead in an arbitrary manner. “Serious doubts have been raised whether the raid was a part of revenge on his arguments, and was aimed to terrorize,” Gurung said in the statement.

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