Experts: Respect apex court verdict

  • lawmaker nominations
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 26, 2014-

Senior leaders from Nepali Congress and CPN-UML consulted with legal experts on Tuesday regarding the nomination of the remaining 26 lawmakers to the Constituent Assembly (CA).

In a meeting held at the Prime Minister’s official residence at Baluwatar, the legal experts told the leaders that there were no hurdles holding behind the nomination process, as per the norms and spirit of the Interim Constitution and the Supreme Court (SC) verdict. They also warned the leaders that the works done by the CA so far could be termed illegal and unconstitutional if  those appointments are not made.

The Interim Constitution has mandatory provision of appointing 26 lawmakers from diverse backgrounds in order to make CA inclusive and add value to the constitution drafting process.

On May 12, the SC had instructed the government to appoint lawmakers within 15 days. The apex court had also directed the government not to  appoint the candidates who had lost in CA elections. The government has filed an appeal at the court seeking revision of its order. The appeal is still under consideration at the SC.

The leaders from the ruling NC and UML are consulting legal experts on the possible  legal hurdles that could arise if the government appoints the 26 lawmakers before the final verdict.  

“The experts have suggested us to reach to a decision by considering the spirit of the constitution and the apex court verdict,”  said NC Vice-president Ram Chandra Poudel.” UML Vice-chairman Bhim Rawal said that the legal experts suggested the leaders to move ahead based on political consensus and as per the norms of the constitution and the SC verdict.

Gopal Krishna Ghimire, president of Nepal Democratic Lawyers Association, suggested that the government could make a written plea to the SC seeking early verdict on priority basis to avoid legal difficulties on the issue of lawmaker nominations.

Law Minister Narahari Acharya said that it would be appropriate for the government to consider the court decision, though there was no constitutional hurdle for the same.

The meeting was also attended by Prime Minister and NC President Sushil Koirala, UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli, Attorney General Baburam Kunwar, and Nepal Bar Association Chairman Hari Krishna Karki.

Published: 27-08-2014 10:32

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