A contempt of court case has been registered against Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) Balen Shah.
The contempt of court case filed by advocate Deepak Raj Joshi has been registered at the Supreme Court (SC), according to SC Spokesperson Bimal Paudel.
The bench of Justice Hari Krishna Karki on Monday heard the case against Shah registered after he took a swipe at the Apex Court for staying the KMC's 24-hour ultimatum issued to Norvic International Hospital.
A single bench of Justice Manoj Kumar Sharma on August 10 conducting first hearing on the petition filed by the hospital against the 24-hour ultimatum issued by the KMC on August 8 instructing the hospital to remove what it called the illegally constructed structures issued a short-term order instructing the local body to not immediately implement the ultimatum.
"We humbly request to amend the Constitution instead and grant the rights to take action against structures built without passing the map (design) and pass the map to the Supreme Court," Shah had posted on Facebook August 10 evening venting his ire over the Apex Court's intervention in what he considers is the KMC's jurisdiction.
Advocate Joshi had moved the SC deeming Shah’s comment to be contempt of court.
The private hospital has leased one ropani and eight annas of KMC land. The KMC alleged the hospital of building structures including canteen without taking permission and issued the 24-hour ultimatum to demolish the structures.
Norvic Chairman Rajendra Bahadur Singh holding a press conference on August 19 had said that the structures could not be removed immediately as oxygen, water and other essential items were being supplied through those structures and removing them would affect treatment of patients.