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SC tells Nepal Govt to make maps accessible

Kathmandu, Nepal: Issuing a directive, the Supreme Court (SC) of Nepal asked the central government to set up an institution (museum) to ensure the rights of Nepali citizens to observe and study Nepal´s original map and other historical documents, which have remained beyond people´s access for decades.

A division bench of SC Justices Damodar Prasad Sharma and Baidhyanath Upadhya issued the directive in response to a writ petition filed by advocate Santosh Basnet and journalist Pushpa Thapaliya.

Earlier, following initial hearings on the writ petition, the SC single bench had asked government authorities to furnish written clarifications as to where Nepal´s original map and other historical documents are. The bench also ordered government employees to furnish the original documents to the court along with written clarifications.

Furnishing the written clarifications, government authorities admitted that they have long failed to take control of the country´s original map and historical documents and said that they are working tirelessly to obtain such documents.

After the SC’s directive, officials at the SC informed media that Nepal´s original map is at the Library of Congress of the US.