Saturday, May 10, 2008

CA Court stays Sindhuli-1 election result

The Constituent Assembly Court issued interlocutory stay order directing the government authorities not to include Bisam Lal Adhikary, who was declared winner from Sindhuli-1 under direct polls, in the CA until the court issues a final verdict on a case challenging his victory. The court asked the authorities not to include him in the swearing-in ceremony for CA members.A three-member bench of justices Anup Raj Sharma, Top Bahadur Magar and Ram Kumar Prasad Shaha issued the directives following today’s hearing on a case filed by Maoists’ defeated candidate from the constituency Shanti Man Karki against Adhikary’s win. Election Commission had declared CPN-UML Adhikary the winner.The bench, however, said the bench can re-consider the order after getting the reply from the defendants — Adhikary and the EC.Karki has claimed that Adhikary won the elections through irregularities. He has claimed that valid ballot papers were missing and invalid ballot papers were accepted during the vote counting. Karki had sought the court’s interlocutory order to authorities to bar Adhikary from participating in the CA process until the court issues a final verdict on the case.

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