Hearing on writ petition against Sapkota unlikely today

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Kathmandu, January 26

The Supreme Court is unlikely to hear a writ petition filed at the Supreme Court on Friday demanding that the court stop Nepal Communist Party’s candidate Agni Sapkota from becoming elected the speaker of the House of Representatives. Earlier, the hearing was scheduled for today.

Accordingly, Chief Justice Cholendra Shamsher Rana had assigned a single bench of Justice Hari Phuyal to hear the case. But Phuyal told Rana that he could not hear this case as he once had advocated against Sapkota while he was a lawyer.

The source says the chief justice was also aware of this, but he deliberately assigned Phuyal so that the hearing would not take place and Sapkota would be announced the winner of the election today. His victory is certain as there is not any other candidate in the fray and the NCP commands a majority in the House.

Published on January 26th, Sunday, 2020 11:47 AM

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