HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Constituent Assembly Court today summoned the Constituent Assembly Secretariat and the Office of the Attorney General to attend the Supreme Court on May 27 in order to defend the move scrapping jailed former minister JP Gupta’s membership from the sovereign constitution writing body.
A single bench of Justice Tahir Ali Ansari issued the order following today’s hearing in response to a complaint filed by Gupta challenging the decision of the Secretary General of the CA Secretariat Manohar Prasad Bhattarai who had scrapped his membership citing the verdict of the Supreme Court delivered on February 21, that slapped 18-month jail sentence on him.
Gupta has been doing time in Dilli Bazaar based Sadar Khor after being convicted for accumulating disproportionate property without justified sources of income. Gupta claimed that corruption is not an offence with moral turpitude and therefore revoking his membership based on the graft verdict of the Supreme Court was erroneous and demanded that the Constituent Assembly Court order to reinstate him as CA membership and allow him to engage in the constitution making process as well.