Chief Justice Rana scheduled to hear writ petition against Speaker, EC

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Kathmandu: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday is scheduled to hear a writ petition filed by CPN-UML against Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota, the Election Commission, and Lumbini Province Speaker Purna Bahadur Gharti.

A single bench of Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana will be conducting a preliminary hearing on the writ.

On behalf of UML Chairperson KP Sharma Oli, Sumitra Pandey had filed the separate writ petitions at SC. The UML has demanded action against Speaker, arguing that he did not implement the action the party took against 14 lawmakers. It sought the mandamus order.

The UML led by KP Sharma Oli had expelled 14 lawmakers including leader Madhav Kumar Nepal on August 9. Oli argued that the registration of the new party- CPN (Unified Socialist) with the signatures of those expelled lawmakers was wrong and faulty. He also demanded the cancellation of CPN (Unified Socialist).

In the writ petition, Chairperson Oli mentioned that the registration of CPN (Unified Socialist) breached the process. It was illegal also because it used leader Jhalanath Khanal’s signature while he was in New Delhi for treatment.

Similarly, a mandamus order is demanded against Lumbini Province Assembly Speaker for not implementing the party decision to expel two lawmakers.