FROM ISSUE #41 (04 MAY 2001 - 10 MAY 2001) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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The Supreme Court has given its verdict. It is of the opinion that the controversial Citizenship Bill sent to the Palace for royal approval violates provisions of the constitution. The proposed Bill, on which the king sought the opinion of the court, maintains that a person can obtain Nepali citizenship through descent even though if his or her father is not a Nepali citizen. The constitution, however, categorically states that only a person whose father is a citizen of Nepal at the time of the person's birth is eligible for citizenship by descent. After meeting some resistance in the Upper House and from other parties in Parliament, the ruling Nepali Congress, with a majority in the house, pushed the Bill through as a Finance Bill. Complicating this whole situation is the fact that a Finance Bill cannot be returned to Parliament and the king is required by the constitution to approve it.