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PM consults NCP leaders to prepare govt response

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today consultedNepal Communist Party Co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Attorney General AgniKharel, former speaker Subas Chandra Nembang and NCP leader DevGurung on issuesrelated to waiver of former lawmaker Bal Krishna Dhungel’s jail sentence.

The PM’s consultation came after the Supreme Court issued a showcause notice to the government in response to a writ petition filed by senioradvocate Dinesh Tripathi challenging the government’s plan to waive Dhungel’sjail sentence.

The PM also consulted party leaders with a view to preparing thegovernment’s response to the resentment expressed against its plan to waiveDhungel’s jail sentence.

Senior advocate Dinesh Tripathi had filed a writ petition at theSupreme Court challenging the government’s plan to waive Dhugnel’s remainingjail sentence. The apex court is scheduled to hear the arguments of both sidestomorrow. The SC also issued a show cause notice to the government yesterday.

In today’s meeting, PM Oli asked NCP leaders with legal backgroundhow the government should handle the issue.  According to a leader,who  attended the meeting, both the PM and Dahal wanted to know aboutlegal provisions that guide the waiver process and how the government shouldproceed with the issue.

“We were told that Dhungel qualified for waiver as he had alreadyserved 40 per cent of the jail sentence, but the leaders were of the view thatthey should wait for the SC to deliver its verdict on the matter,” the leaderssaid.

The leadersadded OliandDahal also wanted to know what the government’s response should bewith regard to pressure groups
opposed to the government’s plan to waive Dhungel’s jail sentence.

Dhungel, who was convicted of murdering Ujjan Kumar Shrestha, aresident of Okhaldhunga, is serving jail sentence in Dillibazar Prison and hasalready spent more than eight years in jail.

A single bench of Justice Deepak Kumar Karki had issued the showcause to the defendants in response to a writ petition filed by senior advocateDinesh Tripathi. The apex court also called both parties to hear theirarguments on whether or not the court should issue an interim order as demandedby the petitioner.

Tripathi had filed a petition at the apex court on Thursdayarguing that Dhungel did not qualify for waiver of jail sentence.

If the SC does not issue interim order tomorrow and if Dhungel’sremaining jail sentence is waived by the government and endorsed by thepresident, the former lawmaker of the erstwhile CPN-MC can walk out of jail onRepublic Day.

Oli and Dahal also consulted party leaders about the legal issuesfaced by the party for registering at the Election Commission.

Political Parties Registration Act stipulates that there should be33 per cent women in the central committee of a party to be considered forregistration at the EC. NCP has only 16 per cent women in the CC.

CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre had merged to create a unified NCPon May 17 and the new party had applied for registration at the EC.

“We discussed some constitutional, legal and technical issues”Gurung told THT.

Source: TheHimalayan Times, 27th May 2018

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