Kathmandu, Nepal, September 15, 2020: The Supreme Court (SC), the Apex Court of the country, has on Monday stayed the government decision to allow the plotting of arable lands until the next decision of the apex court.
Responding to the writ petition filed on September 13 challenging to the government decision to allow the plotting of arable lands, a single bench of Justice Sushmalata Mathema issued the stay order to this effect.
A cabinet meeting held on September 3 had decided to lift its own directives made about three years ago to prohibit plotting of arable land. The SC has stayed the government’s decision at the time when people seem to have vertically divided over the issue that whether the arable land would be allowed for the splitting or not.
With the stay order, the bench has also summoned the government authorities- the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers and the Ministry of Land Reforms and Management- to attend the SC on September 24 to discuss on whether or not to continue the stay order.
In the writ petition it was claimed that the government decision to allow the plotting of arable lands violates the Section 8 of Act Relating to the Use of Land, 2019 as the provision prevents using any category of land for other purposes.