New Nepal VP sued for taking oath in Hindi
July 28, 2008, 12:00 am TWN
KATMANDU, Nepal -- Nepal’s Supreme Court was to consider a lawsuit Sunday against the newly elected vice president for taking his oath of office in a foreign language, an official said. During last week’s swearing-in ceremony, which was broadcast live by several national television stations, Vice President Paramananda Jha took the oath in Hindi, while the new president spoke in Nepali.
The move led to street protests in the capital, Katmandu, and other cities. Demonstrators called for Jha to publicly apologize and retake the pledge. The lawsuit was filed by Bal Krishna Newpane, a Supreme Court lawyer considered an expert on constitutional law. He is demanding that Jha’s oath be invalidated. Jha has defended his action, saying it was an attempt to promote the inclusion of Hindi as an official language in Nepal.