The Nepal Weekly | June 22, 2021
Supreme Court of Nepal has issuing an interim order urged the government not to implement the Ordinance on Citizenship.
The apex court issued the order after conducting a preliminary hearing on the writ petitions filed against the decision of the government to introduce Citizenship Ordinance.
A five-member Constitutional Bench led by Chief Justice Cholednra Shumsher-led passed the order asking the government to make necessary arrangements to distribute citizenship certificates based on the Citizenship Act endorsed duly by Parliament, according to court sources. Altogether six writ petitions were filed at the Supreme Court challenging the ordinance issued by President Bidya Devi Bhandari, on May 23, at the recommendation of the Council of the Ministers. The petitioners demanded the Supreme Court dismiss the ordinance as it contradicts the Constitution of Nepal. The government, however, defended the ordinance as a legal base to commensurate the provisions mentioned in the constitution. The Oli government issued the ordinance bypassing parliamentary discussions in a bid to woe the Janata Samajbadi Party-Nepal and to make a power sharing deal with the party.