Nepal’s King Gyanendra was facing mounting opposition from a legal challenge and planned street protests as top lawyers said his emergency rule was against the spirit of the constitution. In the first court action since the king sacked the government, seized power and imposed a state of emergency, a Supreme Court judge Wednesday ordered his newly-appointed government of loyalists to explain the arrest of a former bar association chief, a court source said. The court issued the order in response to a habeas corpus petition by Nepal Bar Association president Shambhu Thapa, after former bar association president Sindhunath Pyakurel was arrested the day the king seized power on February 1. Full Story
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