The Supreme Court (SC) has sought clarification from the Rastriya Swatantra Party (RSP) regarding its decision to dismiss lawmaker Dhaka Kumar Shrestha from the party.

A single bench of SC Justice Til Prasad Shrestha on Monday issued a show cause notice, ordering both sides to be present before the court for further discussions.

With this decision of the court, Shrestha’s position as a lawmaker will remain intact for now.

The Central Discipline and Conduct Committee of RSP has dismissed Shrestha and removed him from the position of a lawmaker for his alleged involvement in bribery after an audio conversation revealed Shrestha demanding Rs 2 crores from businessman Durga Prasai to help Shrestha become Health Minister.

Meanwhile, Shrestha defended himself stating that the accusation against him is a conspiracy to create a bad reputation and moved to the Supreme Court claiming that the actions taken against him were illegal.