SC stays or­der against NA nom­i­nees

People's Review - - FRONT PAGE - By Our Re­porter

The Supreme Court has is­sued an or­der not to ad­min­is­ter the oath of of­fice to the three Na­tional Assem­bly mem­bers ap­pointed by Pres­i­dent Bidya Devi Bhan­dari. The present Oli-led gov­ern­ment had with­drawn the names rec­om­mended by the Deuba-led gov­ern­ment for the ap­point­ment in the Na­tional Assem­bly and made new com­men­da­tion. The Pres­i­dent had also ap­pointed the rec­om­mended names to the NA within a few hours af­ter the new gov­ern­ment submitted the new names. The de­ci­sion of the gov­ern­ment to with­draw the names and of pres­i­dent to ap­point the new names has irked the Nepali Congress and the NC-rec­om­mended lead­ers had filed a case in the SC. A sin­gle bench of Jus­tice Prakash­man Singh Raut or­dered the gov­ern­ment not to ad­min­is­ter the oath of of­fice and se­crecy to the newly nom­i­nated NA mem­bers Dr Yuba Raj Khati­wada, Ram Narayan Bi­dari and Dr Bi­mala Poudel. The oath tak­ing cer­e­mony of the re­cently elected NA mem­bers was sched­uled for March 4.

The or­der comes fol­low­ing a writ pe­ti­tion filed at the SC by Gopal Ku­mar Bas­net, Kr­ishna Prasad Poudel and Chan­dani Joshi, who were rec­om­mended to the NA by the Sher Ba­hadur Deuba-led gov­ern­ment, stat­ing that the new gov­ern­ment did them in­jus­tice by with­draw­ing their names. The Deuba-led gov­ern­ment had rec­om­mended the names of Bas­net, Poudel and Joshi to the NA on Fe­bru­ary 9. How­ever, the new gov­ern­ment un­der Prime Min­is­ter KP Sharma Oli on Fe­bru­ary 20 with­drew their names and sent the names of Khadi­wada, Bi­dari and Poudel who were nom­i­nated by Pres­i­dent Bhan­dari. “It is seen that the Pres­i­dent does not have any Con­sti­tu­tional grounds to re­ject the names rec­om­mended by the erst­while gov­ern­ment,” stated SC or­der of Sun­day. Mean­while, the SC has called both the par­ties for dis­cus­sion on the mat­ter on March 4. The NC had mo­bilised its sis­ter or­gan­si­a­tions to protest the de­ci­sion of the Pres­i­dent not to ap­point the names rec­om­mended by Deuba to the NA.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nepal

© PressReader. All rights reserved.