By Bhagirath Yogi in London
The Supreme Court had to come forward this month to refute media reports that the apex judicial body had issued ‘order to the government of UK to stop Gurkha recruitment.’
Deputy spokesperson of the Supreme Court Hemant Rawal said, “It is beyond our jurisdiction to issue orders to a foreign government. The court has, however, issued a ‘directive order’ to the Nepal government saying that the recruitment of Nepali youths in foreign army should be done on the basis of bilateral agreements only.”
In response to a public interest litigation filed by Om Prakash Sharma, a division bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justices Balaram KC and Prem Sharma delivered a verdict on 30th June saying that Nepal government should issue new license (regarding Gurkha recruitment in foreign armies) only after ‘laying down appropriate recruitment procedures.’
Sharma had argued that the government of UK was violating the 1947 Tri-Partite Agreement (TPA) between Nepal, India and UK by sending Gurkha soldiers to Brunei and Singapore without separate agreements with those countries.