Supreme Court refuses to register petition against MCC deal

File: Supreme Court of Nepal law in Nepal
File: Supreme Court of Nepal

Kathmandu, February 22

The Supreme Court has refused to accept a writ petition that demanded that government withdraw the MCC deal signed with the United States in 2017 from the federal parliament.

As the government tabled the deal in parliament seeking its endorsement on Sunday, senior advocate Surendra Bhandari and advocate Swagat Nepal had moved the court on Monday, demanding the withdrawal.

But, the Supreme Court refused to register it saying the deal has already been tabled in parliament and it now falls under the legislature’s prerogative, informs the court spokesperson Baburam Dahal.

In the petition, the advocates had argued a bilateral agreement could not be tabled in parliament as if it was a treaty.

Nepali politicians and society are virtually divided about the MCC deal as many people argue the deal has some provisions against the national sovereignty and national interests whereas many others think it is a great help for the country’s development. Read more about the long-standing dispute about the MCC deal.

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