Kathmandu: Within 15 days, the Supreme Court of Nepal submitted the real map of the world that was exchanged during the 1816 Sugauli Treaty with India. Public interest lawsuits on an intrusion in the defense of the Nepal boundary has already been filed in court.
In November last year, Nepal lodged opposition to India’s new political map following changes introduced in Jammu and Kashmir. Nepal claimed that the areas of Limpiyadhura, Lipulek, and Kalapani were shown on the Indian border, while they came under Nepal.
A joint bench made up of Justice Hari Prasad Phuyal sought a map from the Nepal government. The petition called on the court to order the government to launch political and diplomatic efforts to protect the country.
India said this was nothing new. Yet Nepal’s Foreign Ministry said in a press release that Nepal’s government is aware that Kalapani is Nepal’s land. Under the Sugauli Treaty of 1816, Nepal was handed over to British East India, including Darjeeling.
The Supreme Court issued the order on Monday, revealed on Wednesday. It said the government should provide within 15 days a Nepal chart of the Sugauli Treaty’s time and give the written procedures as well.
The court has also asked the government to give details of the efforts made in this direction and if there is any amendment in the map of Nepal. Meanwhile, Nepal has proposed Foreign Secretary-level talks with India by mid-January on the border dispute case.