Supreme Court declines to issue interim order on writ by former Maoist leaders

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Kathmandu: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday declined to issue an interim order in a writ petition filed by four former CPN (Maoist Center) leaders demanding to reinstate them as lawmakers.

A single bench of Justice Ishwor Khatiwada said that issuing an interim order was not necessary as the lawmakers were dismissed after seeking clarifications.

Four leaders who were expelled from the CPN (Maoist Center) for abandoning the party to join the opposition CPN-UML had sought the help of the Supreme Court to reinstate their membership of the House of Representatives. After being expelled from the party’s membership, they lost their seat in the lower house of Parliament.

Leaders Lekhraj Bhatta, Top Bahadur Rayamajhi, Prabhu Shah and Gauri Shanker Chaudhary had filed a writ petition at the apex court on Wednesday seeking an interim order. They have demanded a mandamus and certiorari order as per Article 133 (2) and (3) of the Constitution to reinstate their membership of the Parliament.

The CPN (Maoist Center) and its Chair Prachanda, the Election Commission and Federal Parliament Secretariat have been named as defendants in the petition.