The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday issued stay order in the name of Nepal government not to impliment its decision to classify 140 kinds of information till 5 February 2012, and ordered defendants and plaintiffs to be present before it for a dicussion on whether the decision should be stayed until there is a final decision.

A single bench of Justice Baidhyanath Upadhyaya issued the stay order in response to public interest litigation filed by the Democratic Lawyers´ Association. DLA moved the court, arguing that the recent classification of 140 kinds of information has curtailed the people´s right to information guaranted by the Interim Constitution and is against the RTI Act 2007.

freedom1 Forum had called immergency meeting of civil society members and RTI activists last friday soon the desision of information clasclssification came into notice. Forum, being advocate for protection and promotion of right to information is happy with the court desision to protect citizen’s right to information.