SC rejects vacation against stay of addition of local units

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The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday has refused to register the government’s application for vacation of the interim order staying addition of local units in tarai.

“The application of vacation cannot be registered as the interim order was issued after hearing both the sides,” advocate Tikaram Bhattarai told Setopati.

The government last week had applied for vacation seeking review of the interim order to appease Rastriya Janata Party Nepal to ensure participation of the coalition of Madhes-based parties in the second round of local election scheduled for June 28.

RJP has said it will not participate in the second round of local election if the constitution were not amended and number of local units not added in tarai in proportion to the population there. It has already announced protest programs to disrupt the election.

The SC on May 26 had issued an interim order instructing the government to not immediately implement the decision to add the number of local units in a few districts in tarai.

A joint bench of Sapana Malla Pradhan and Ishwor Prasad Khatiwada hearing the writ petition filed by Dhan Bahadur Shrestha, Gopal Shrestha and Sharmila Silwal had issued the interim order.

The government on May 23 had decided to add 22 local level units in 12 districts in the plains of the country to address the demands of Madhes-based parties.