Apex court quashes petitions

Kathmandu, January 2

The Supreme Court today quashed the writ petition filed by National Olympic Committee President Jeevan Ram Shrestha against 12 defendants, including Defense Ministry, District Administration Office of Lalitpur and Metropolitan Police Range of Jawalakhel.

Shrestha, who is leading the NOC recognised by Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and International Olympic Committee (IOC), had filed the writ on May 18 last year after Rukma Shumsher Rana led-NOC, which is recognised by the government, captured the NOC building with the help of security forces in March last year. The division bench of Deepak Raj Joshi and Dumber Bahadur Shahi quashed the petition.

Besides that, the SC also quashed other three writ petitions related to NOC. The Court quashed the petitions filed by Kishor Bahadur Singh against former NOC President Dhruba Bahadur Pradhan and General Secretary Jeevan Ram Shrestha in October 2011, and also annulled Umesh Bahadur Maskey’s petition against Defense Ministry and six other defendants filed in November 2011. The apex court also quashed Maskey’s another petition filed against Nepal Rastra Bank and other six defendants in November 2011.

The NOC controversies date back to the 2007 elections when a couple of officials from Rana-led faction moved the court challenging the change of guard.

Dhruba Bahadur Pradhan was elected as the president from the elective general assembly and he served the NOC for eight years before Shrestha defeated Umesh Lal Shrestha to become the president in 2015.