Durga Prasai has lodged a writ petition with the Supreme Court, alleging unlawful detention.
Tensions escalated during Thursday’s protest in the Balkhu area, as supporters of Durga Prasai clashed with the police while attempting to march from Balkhu to Kuleshwor. In a press conference organized after the protest, Prasai mentioned plans to stage another protest around the Tinkune area.
The local administration imposed a restriction, prohibiting Prasai from leaving his home today, citing his involvement in organizing programs in prohibited areas, inciting social disharmony, and engaging in provocative activities. Police also made arrests in the Tinkune area on Friday morning.
Senior Advocate Surendra Bhandari filed a habeas corpus writ petition in the Supreme Court on behalf of Prasai on Friday. The hearing for the writ petition is scheduled for Sunday.
Simultaneously, the Supreme Court has requested the government to provide valid reasons for declaring prohibited zones in the capital. A single bench of SC Justice Ananda Mohan Bhattarai issued a show-cause order on Friday. While currently upholding the government’s decision, the SC has summoned both parties for a discussion on whether to grant the interim order requested by the writ petitioner.
The Kathmandu District Administration Office declared a prohibited area from Maitighar Mandala to New Baneshwar effective from November 21. Advocate Swagat Nepal filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court, arguing that the local administration’s decision violated citizens’ rights. The petitioner sought an interim order to revoke the decision.