SC quashes writ against UML-Maoist agreement

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court on Friday quashed a writ which had demanded that the nine-point agreement signed between CPN-UML and UCPN-Maoist be stayed.

A single bench of Acting Chief Justice Sushila Karki quashed the writ filed by five persons reasoning the apex court did not need to intervene into the agreement signed between two political parties.

The petitioners in their writ of certiorari had stated that the two parties’ agreement to withdraw conflict era cases and to accelerate the process of amending the relevant laws within 15 days was against the verdicts delivered by the Supreme Court.

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The petitioners had said certain parts of the agreement, particularly third and seventh points, were against the norms and values of independent judiciary.

They had claimed the signatories of the nine-point deal acted against the independence of judiciary as the deal intended to override the verdict of the Supreme Court.

They had argued that the agreement, if implemented, would violate the verdicts delivered by the Supreme Court in Sabitri Shrestha versus Balkrishna Dhungel and Keshav Rai versus the Government of Nepal cases.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, CPN-UML and UCPN-M Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal were named defendants in the case.