Kathmandu: The Supreme Court has issued a stay order against the decision of the Election Commission to scrap the candidacy of Dr Toshima Karki, a candidate of Rastriya Swatantra Party in Lalitpur-3.
A single bench of justice Kumar Chudal issued the stay order, citing the decision of the election management body is not as per the law.
Earlier, the Election Commission scrapped Dr Karki’s candidacy citing she holds a position of public benefit. Dr Karki is an elected member of the Nepal Medical Council.
Following the Commission’s step, Dr Karki moved to the apex court on Monday.
Senior advocates Surendra Bhandari and Dinesh Tripathi and advocates Lalit Basnet, Bhimarjun Acharya, Om Prakash Aryal, Gokul Bhandari and Madhukumar Chaulagain defended on behalf of petitioner during the hearing.
Earlier on September 13, Dr Karki filed an application at the Commission if she has to tender resignation from her position at the Medical Council before registering her candidacy in Lalitpur-3. However, without replying to her application, the Election Commission scrapped Dr Karki’s candidacy, citing she holds a position of public benefit.