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Supreme Court denies permission for review of verdict on Nepal Communist Party

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court has issued an order denying permission for a review on its verdict on a case related to the name of Nepal Communist Party (NCP).
A full bench comprising the Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana and justices Tej Bahadur KC and Prakash Kumar Dhungana issued the verdict today denying permission for review on the NCP case, upholding the Supreme Court’s earlier verdict to that connection. The Supreme Court, on March 7, gave a verdict in favour of the NCP with Rishi Kattel as the party chairperson and declared that the then CPN (UML) and the then CPN (Maoist Centre) were legally separate parties. The Nepal Communist Party (NCP) was formed in May 2018 after the merger of the then CPN (UML) and the then CPN (Maoist Centre).
Kattel had knocked the apex court’s door, claiming that his was the NCP and the NCP formed after the merger of the CPN (UML) and the CPN (Maoist Centre) cannot use the same name. In the writ he had sought the Supreme Court to decide on the name of the party. CPN (Maoist Centre) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ on March 30 registered an application at the Supreme Court for review of the apex court’s verdict regarding the party’s name.
It is argued in the petition that the March 7 decision was seriously flawed as it was against the precedents and principles established by the Supreme Court before this. The petition has sought justice as per the constitution by making a review of and an annulment of the ‘flawed’ order.

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