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Nepal court upholds Army's recruitments, halts further

The Nepalese Supreme Court has upheld the recruitment of 3,000 soldiers by Nepal Army, but has asked the authorities not to make any further appointments till the final verdict.

world Updated: Mar 14, 2009 13:17 IST

The Nepalese Supreme Court has upheld the recruitment of 3,000 soldiers by Nepal Army, but has asked the authorities not to make any further appointments till the final verdict.

The Apex court on Friday issued an Interim Order to the Nepal Army asking it not to make fresh recruitment in the rank and file of the Army till the final verdict.

But, the court did not stay the training of recently recruited some 3,000 soldiers.

"There is no point in issuing an order staying the already completed recruitment process," Justice Ram Prasad Shrestha said announcing the verdict.

INHURED International, a rights group, had moved the Supreme Court against the Army's fresh recruitments saying that the new recruitment would violate the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

The Army officials have said that they did not violate the peace accord as it was just filling up the vacant positions.

The Defence Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa "Badal" as well as Maoist Army's commanders have strongly opposed the Nepal Army's move to recruit new soldiers.

The Maoists People's Liberation Army has even started to recruit new PLA personnel to counter the Nepal Army's move.

However, the Supreme Court has issued an interim Order against the Maoists move for fresh recruitments.