KATHMANDU, Jan 17: The Supreme Court has upheld a five-year jail sentence handed down to newly elected member of the Provincial Assembly of Province 4, Rajiv Gurung alias Deepak Manange.
A division bench of Justices Deepak Raj Joshi and Purushottam Bhandari issued the ruling on Tuesday. The Patan Appellate Court had convicted four persons including Manange for attempted murder and slapped a five-year jail term on him for involvement in the case. He was elected as an independent candidate from Manang B.
The case arose from an assault by Manange's gang against the rival gang of Milan Gurung alias Chakre Milan.
The other three convicted including Rewat Karki appealed to the SC four years ago, but not Manange.
In its ruling on Tuesday, the SC upheld the appellate court verdict. Following the SC ruling, Manange will be prevented from taking up his seat in the provincial assembly and there will be a fresh poll to elect another lawmaker in his place.