The process of transferring ownership of a public land (Lalita Niwas) in Baluwatar, Kathmandu, back to the government has been halted by the Supreme Court (SC).
Justice Kumar Chudal’s bench has issued an interim injunction asking the government to halt the practice, citing a pending case in the court. The Special Court is now hearing a case involving a land grab scheme. On February 5, 2020, the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) filed a complaint against 110 people, saying that they were involved in the transfer of public land to private hands.
According to the judgment, the administration overlooked an issue that is currently before the court and that the bench believes is not legally right.
While hearing a petition filed by Sarala Gurung, the daughter-in-law of Min Bahadur Gurung, the proprietor of Bhatbhateni Department Store, the highest court delivered a judgment on June 24. The order was only issued when a letter containing the court’s order arrived at the Land Revenue Office in Dilli Bazaar.