Nepal Supreme Court stays CA term extension
The Supreme Court today issued an interim order against the Baburam Bhattarai government’s move, court officials. The order was issued by a single bench of Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi in response to a writ filed by Attorney Bal Krishna Neupane and Bharat Mani Jangam yesterday. In the writ, the petitioner had argued that the Cabinet’s Tuesday decision failed to abide by an earlier verdict of the apex court that had ruled against any further extension of the May 27 deadline. The cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bhattarai on Tuesday had decided to seek an extension of the CA tenure by another three months after it expires on May 27 as it was unlikely that the Constitution would be promulgated within the deadline. On November 25, the apex court had issued a directive that gave the government and the CA a “last chance” to extend the assembly’s term till May 27. The main opposition parties — the Nepali Congress and CPN-UML — have been opposing the government’s move and urged the government to announce the draft constitution within the stipulated deadline.