Tuesday, September 11, 2007

SC verdict on election law on Sept 24
The Supreme Court on Monday said it would decide on the status of the legal provision that bars the accused named by Rayamajhi Commission from contesting the Constituent Election, on September 24.
Taking up a writ petition against the legal provision, the Supreme Court, however, refused to issue an interim order as sought by the petitioners - a dozen former royal ministers and administrators, including Kamal Thapa. They have questioned the constitutionality of the provision in the Election to Members of the Constituent Assembly Act.
After a day-long hearing on the petition, a special bench comprising Justices Ram Prasad Shrestha, Bal Ram KC and Tap Bahadur Magar also ruled that the case not be deferred on September 24. The bench also ordered Parliament Secretariat, the Election Commission and the Speaker to furnish their written replies regarding the provision.

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