Apex court stays CA extension move; summons PM for trampling its summons
KATHMANDU: Supreme Court has issued an interim order for not proceeding with the Constitution amendment bill registered at the legislative parliament to extend the tenure of Constituent Assembly.
The government had recently registered the amendment bill proposing to extend CA’s term by three months and the SC stayed the proceedings claiming that it was against its earlier verdict, that clearly directed the government to opt for other options if the constitution is not promulgated by the CA in its present tenure that ends of May 27.
The SC issued such orders while responding to a writ petition against the proposal and contempt of court against the government.
A single justice bench headed by Chief Justice Khila Raj Regmi issued the stay order on Thursday, stating that the government’s move undermined the court’s order and issuing another order to promulgate the constitution by May 27.
” Earlier verdict is clear. CA’s term cannot be extended,” SC’s co-spokesperson Hemant Rawal said, adding that the “though the SC verdict has already given options of opting for a referendum, CA reelection options, the CA extension proposal has been brought, as if the court has not issued any verdict”.
Lawyers Kanchan Krishan Neupane, Bharat Mani Jangam, Balkrishna Neupane, and Rajkumar Rana, Chandra Lal Shrestha had filed a writ petition against the government’s move to extend the CA term.
Responding to another writ that accuses the government of contempt of court, the SC has summoned Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, and Minister for Law to present themselves in person to the court within 7 days.
In its decision the SC has considered that the move to extend the term of the CA by going against the SC’s verdict was a contempt of the court.
Rawal said that the court has asked both to attend the court’s summons with written justification for breaching the court’s order.