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Supreme Court issues stay order against government action ..

[b]Supreme Court issues stay order against government action on FM station[/b]

[b] Kathmandu, 30 November, (Asiantribune.com): [/b]Nepal’s Supreme Court has issued a stay order to the government barring it from going ahead with its decision of closing down Radio Sagarmatha, the first community radio of South Asia, based in Kathmandu.

On November 27, government officials, aided by armed policemen raided the FM station, seized its equipment and ordered it to close down. The government action came while the radio station was re-broadcasting the news of BBC Nepali Service. It is believed that the government took the action thinking that the radio station would broadcast the interview of Maoist chairman Prachanda. But the radio’s acting station manager Ghamaraj Luintel has said that the radio station had decided not the air the interview. The FM station filed a writ petition at the Supreme Court Monday.

Supreme Court justice Badri Kumar Basnet issued the stay order after conducting a hearing on the case. The justice has also asked government officials to be present during further hearing on the case slated for December 7.

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