SC annuls its earlier verdict to reinstate Gandaki Province member Krishna Thapa

Published On: June 14, 2021 04:45 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, June 14: Eight days after its  interim order not to implement the decision of Rastriya Janamorcha (RJM) to relieve Krishna Thapa of the membership of Gandaki Province Assembly, the Supreme Court on Monday annulled the membership of Thapa. 

Responding to the separate writ petitions filed by the RJM and the Gandaki Province Assembly Secretariat, a division bench of SC justices Bishwambhar Shrestha and Kumar Regmi ruled that it is not appropropriate and necessary to reinstate Thapa as the member of the assembly as stated in its earlier interim order. With this, the Gandaki Province Assembly has been limited to 59 members including the Speaker. 

Hearing the writ petition filed by Thapa himself, a single bench of Justice Kumar Chudal on June 6 ruled the defendants to allow Thapa to carry out his duties as the member of the provincial assembly.  

Thapa, who was elected as a provincial assembly member from Baglung district representing the RJM, was sacked as the province assembly member after he refused to support the opposition alliance in its bid to stake a claim for the formation of a new government in the province. The opposition alliance includes Nepali Congress (NC), CPN-UML, Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP) and RJM.

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