KATHMANDU, July 26: The Supreme Court on Sunday denied giving an interim order to halt the plan of Election Commission(EC) to settle the demand put forth by both the factions of the Rastriya Janata Party (JSP) to recognize them as official party by counting the number of Central Executive Committee members.
The Mahantha Thakur-led faction of JSP had earlier knocked the doors of the apex court demanding an order to halt the process of EC to grant official recognition to the Upendra Yadav-led faction in the party by counting the majority of the central executive committee members. The Yadav-led faction of the JSP has a majority of central members.
A single bench of Justice Kumar Regmi directed to summon both the parties (EC and the writ petitioner) for a discussion on July 30 and decide whether the SC should issue an interim order asking Election Commission (EC) to submit a written reply regarding the dispute within 15 days. Following the order of the Supreme Court, a discussion and hearing will be held on July 30 in the presence of the Election Commission and the writ petitioner Thakur of JSP. Then a decision will be made whether to issue an interim order.
Thakur, who is also the chairman of the JSP, had filed a writ petition at the apex court on Friday seeking annulment of the EC's order to resolve the dispute over its authenticity.
The apex court has maintained that the decision taken by the constitutional body like the EC in open session through debate, lobbying and discussion will be decided after the discussion of both the parties. "As the decision on whether the decision has caused irreparable damage to the petitioner seems appropriate from the point of view of constitutional dignity, it is necessary to inform both the parties to join the discussion on July 30 to decide whether to issue an interim order or not," the order stated..
EC has called JSP Central Executive Committee members today to verify their signatures in order to grant official recognition of the party to one of the two factions. The Yadav-led faction has earlier submitted signatures of the majority of central members of the party.