A lawyer says a Canadian man will leave Nepal on Thursday after a court failed to hear his appeal for the revocation of his work visa over critical social media posts.

Dipendra Jha said the Supreme Court did not have time to hear the appeal Thursday and their turn would likely only come up on Friday. But the government order issued Tuesday required Robert Penner to leave within two days.

Jha said he would continue the case in court on Penner's behalf.

Penner was present in court all day but refused to speak to the media.

The government said his social media posts could disturb social harmony. They criticized the new constitution Nepal adopted last September and the government's handling of violent ethnic protests.