KATHMANDU, AUG 16 - The Nepali Congress has decided to go for a judicial review of the Supreme Court’s “prejudiced and unjust” verdict that convicted the party’s central leader Khum Bahadur Khadka of corruption.
The party reached this conclusion after holding serious consultations with various legal experts.
Addressing the party’s Central Working Committee meeting at the party’s headquarters in Sanepa on Thursday, leaders said they were both ‘shocked and sad’ at the apex court’s verdict as Khadka had already been given a clean chit by the Special Court.
The 12-time minister was on Tuesday sentenced to 18 months in jail and slapped a fine of Rs 9.4 million by the apex court.
“It is apparent that the Supreme Court failed to deliver justice in Khum Bahadur Khadka’s case,” NC leader Prakash Saran Mahat said.
The verdict has drawn widespread applause from the public.
Before the CWC meeting began, scores of party cadres shouted slogans inside the party headquarters and said Khadka was ‘intentionally trapped’ by the court.
Mahasamiti meeting in October
The Nepali Congress leadership finally bowed down to pressure from many leaders and cadres and on Thursday announced the date for the party’s Mahasamiti meeting.
A statement issued by the party’s chief secretary, Basanta Kumar Gautam, said the meeting will be held in Janakpur in Danusha through October 10-13.
Though as per the party’s statute, the Mahasamiti meeting needs to be convened every year, except in the year of the party’s General Convention, the party leadership was hitherto shying away from the same.
The Mahasamiti is the second top authority in the party after the General Convention.“The Mahasamiti meeting will come up with the party’s roadmap on the way out of the current political cul-de-sac and will decide on many other issues,” NC central leader Man Bahadur Biswokarma said.
Thursday’s CWC meeting also picked heads of three departments of the party. Leaders Amod Prasad Upadhyay, Yadunath Khanal and Ramkrisna Ghimire were picked as chiefs of the party’s Disciplinary Committee, Election Committee and Accounts Committee respectively. Chiefs of other departments were already picked by President Sushil Koirala about two weeks ago.
The meeting further expressed serious concern over the deteriorating health of Dr Gobinda KC of the Teaching Hospital who has been on a fast-on-to-death against the “unfair political appointment”
of the Dean of the hospital. The NC urged the ‘authority concerned’ to end politicisation in the appointments and immediately adress Dr KC’s demands.
Posted on: 2012-08-17 08:14