Supreme Court issues stay order on CA term extension

KATHMANDU, May 24: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday issued an interim order against the government move to extend the Constituent Assembly (CA) term by three months and directed the government to stick to the May 27 deadline for promulgation of the new constitution.

A single bench of Chief Justice Khila Raj Regmi issued the verdict in response to three separate writs and contempt petitions filed a day earlier seeking the apex court´s intervention in the government´s recent decision to extend the CA term by three months.

Advocates Bal Krishna Neupane, Bharat Jangam, Kanchan Neupane, Raj Kumar Rana, Chandra Lal Shrestha and Jagadev Chaudhary had filed writs seeking a stay order against the government move and stating that the rule of law would be undermined if the CA gets yet another term extension.

Today´s SC verdict also puts brakes on the procedure for the 13th amendment to the interim constitution, a bill regarding which has already been registered at the CA secretariat, that would facilitate term extension of CA.

In November last year, the SC had issued a ruling that the current tenure of CA, which has repeatedly been granted term extension, would be its last and that the CA would dissolve if it fails to complete its task of promulgating the new constitution by May 27.

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