Kathmandu: The Supreme Court of Nepal has issued an interlocutory interim order against the enforcement of recently-amended provisions of the Citizenship Act.
This decision follows President Ramchandra Paudel’s authentication of the bill to amend the Citizenship Act on May 31, 2023.
A single bench of Justice Manoj Sharma reviewed the writ petition filed by senior advocates Surendra Bhandari and Bal Krishna Neupane and issued the order.
In response to the new law, the Ministry of Home Affairs had already circulated directives to all 77 District Administration Offices, instructing them to grant citizenship in accordance with the revised legislation.
On Sunday, the Supreme Court also issued a show cause order to the defendants, including the Office of the President, among others.