KATHMANDU, July 10: Shantiram Khatiwada has been elected Chairperson of the 20th new Working Committee of the High Court Bar Association, Patan. He got 1,066 votes while his closest rival Ram Krishna Sharma received 271 votes. Khatiwada is from the progressive group that is close to the CPN-UML and CPN (Unified Socialist) while Sharma led a democratic group in the election that concluded on Saturday.
Similarly, Ram Chandra Neupane was elected Vice Chair with 1,023 votes. His nearest rival Narayan Kharel got 284 votes. Rabindra Kumar Dhungana was chosen as secretary, Indu Karki as joint secretary and Milan Shrestha as treasurer. Other elected members are Ramati Maharjan, Bhawani Bhattarai, Ishwor Prasad Pudasaini, Om Prakash Chaudhary, Shyam Rokka, Dharma Raj Paudel, Raja Ram Ghimire, Lawanya Raj Karki, Dhanjit Basnet, Shulav Khanal, Sarita Acharya, Ram Kumar Khatiwada, Bhabesh Gautam and Sagar Sharma.
The new working committee has a total of 19 members (five office bearers and 14 members) and its tenure will be two years.