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SC bars murder convicts from contesting election


KATHMANDU: Changing its earlier stay order allowing the murder convict to contest the elections of the Constituent Assembly (CA), the Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the government and the Election Commission (EC) to bar murder convicts from contesting the CA poll.
Acting upon the writ petition filed by a group of advocates Bishwoprakash Bhandari, Ramsundar Shrestha and Tulsiram Timalsina, who are said to be close to the UCPN-M, a special bench of Justice Girish Chandra Lal, Susheela Karki and Prakash Wosti issued the order to this effect. A writ petition was filed at the SC against the Prime Minister´s Office and the EC demanding that the murder convicts be bar from contesting the CA polls.
Earlier, the SC was dragged into the controversy as it issued an interim order not to bar murder convicts from contesting the CA polls.
Today’s verdict can directly affect the Unified CPN-Maoist leaders including Balkrishna Dhungel, a murder convict, who has been recommended by his party to contest the November polls from Constituency No 2 in Okhaldhunga.

The apex court on January 3, 2010 had convicted Dhungel, who was then a sitting CA member, of murdering Ujjan Kumar Shrestha of Tarkerabari, Okhaldhunga. Shrestha was murdered in 1998. Justices Top Bahadur Magar and Rajendra Prasad Koirala had slapped a 20-year jail sentence on Dhungel. Following the stay order of the Supreme Court, Dhungel has been involved in publicity of the election.

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