Tuesday, September 04, 2007

More Rayamajhi-indicted persons move SC

A group of persons, whom the Rayamajhi Commission had found guilty of abusing authority during the royal regime, moved the Supreme Court seeking its intervention against preventing them from contesting the Constituent Assembly election.Those filing two separate petitions include former ministers Keshar Bahadur Bista and Govinda Chaudhary and former administrators Prem Lal Maharjan and Tikaram Adhikary.The former ministers have challenged Clause 19 (G) of the Constituent Assembly Member Election Act 2007 claiming that the provision, which bars people indicted by the high-level commission headed by former Supreme Court Justice Krishna Jung Rayamajhi from contesting the election to CA, contradicted with Articles 12 (1)(2)(3) 13 (1)(2) and 24 of the Interim Constitution.Today’s petitions followed after the Supreme Court, in a similar petition filed by others indicted by the Rayamajhi Commission, said it would conduct hearing on September10 on whether or not to issue stay order as demanded by petitioners — former ministers including Kamal Thapa and Tanka Dhakal.

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