Supreme Court summons both parties in writ by KP Oli; issues show-cause notice to EC

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Kathmandu: The Supreme Court (SC) has summoned both plaintiffs and defendants in a writ petition filed by CPN-UML against Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota, the Election Commission, and Lumbini Province Speaker Purna Bahadur Gharti.

While conducting a preliminary hearing on the case, a single bench of Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana on Tuesday summoned 14 former lawmakers of UML, Lumbini Province Assembly members and plaintiffs on September 13.

Likewise, the bench issued a show-cause notice against the Election Commission.

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.