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Caretaker PM, former DPM attend court summons

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai and former Deputy Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula, who were allegedly facing contempt of court charge for defying the court ruling, Thursday appeared in the Supreme Court (SC) in person and furnished explanations in writing.

The SC’s last year November ruling has been implemented with the announcement of another Constituent Assembly (CA) elections, stated the written reply by the Prime Minister, adding that the government was firm to implement the court verdict.

Claiming that he has not done anything wrong to erode the public belief to the SC, the Prime Minister said, demanding that the contempt of court charge filed against him to be withdrawn as it has come irrelevant with the announcement of CA elections date for coming November 22.

Likewise, in a written reply, former DPM Sitaula said that it was not appropriate to raise the question of contempt of court given that the bill for 13th amendment to the Constitution was automatically nullified with the dissolution of the CA on last May 27.

He also demanded the annulment of writ petition registered by the opponent as he did not act with ill intention to contempt the court arguing the bill was presented in the House as per the Cabinet decision to materialize the people’s long-cherished to promulgate constitution through the CA.

Advocate Kamal Prasad Itani had registered a writ petition against the duo on last May 23 challenging the government’s move to present bill for the 13the amendment to constitution making contempt of court.

In response to the writ, a single bench of SC justice Kalyan Shrestha has ordered the Prime Minister Bhattarai and Deputy Prime Minister Sitaula to appear in the court in person and furnish the justification against the contempt of court charge in connection with the CA term extension. RSS

Published Date: Thursday, May 31st, 2012 | 05:03 AM