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Nepal SC seeks govt response on Pashupati priest appointment

Posted by Ramesh Khati on September 9, 2009

Kathmandu, Sep 8 (PTI) Days after a vicious Maoist attack on two Indian priests of the Pashupatinath temple, Nepal’s Supreme Court today sought a response from the government on a plea challenging their recent appointment.

The apex court issued a notice, asking the government to furnish a written reply within 15 days to justify their appointment, court spokesperson Hemanta Rawal said.

The notice was issued in response to a petition filed by an advocate, Dinesh Thapa, against the appointment of the priests — Raghavendra Bhatta and Girish Bhatta.

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal recently confirmed the appointment of the priests to fill the vacancies as per the recommendation made by the Pashupati Area Development Trust, which manages the affairs of the 5th century shrine.

On Friday, a group of 40-50 Maoists stormed the temple and severely thrashed the priests, both 32 and hailing from Karnataka.

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