SC refuses to stay LED procurement

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The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday has refused to issue an interim order against the Cabinet decision to allow Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) to import LED bulbs from India.

A single bench of Justice Ananda Mohan Bhattarai hearing a petition filed by advocate duo Narayan Chaulagain and Lekhnath Bhattarai deemed the procurement process need not be stayed as demanded by the petitioners. The advocates had moved the SC on Thursday claiming the Cabinet decision breached the Public Procurement Act.

The Apex Court has issued a show cause notice in the name of defendants--the Cabinet, the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Energy and the NEA--though and scheduled the final hearing for next Friday.

The Cabinet had decided to allow the NEA to procure 20 million units of LED bulbs from a company under the Indian Ministry of Power at IRs 65 per unit inviting controversy.

 

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