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SC starts continuous hearing on petitions against House dissolution

The Nepal Weekly
June 25, 2021

The Nepal Weekly | June 24, 2021

The Supreme Court on Wednesday started the continuous hearing on a slew of writ petitions against the May 22 dissolution of the House of Representatives by President Bidya Bhandari at the recommendation of caretaker Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli.

A five-member Constitutional Bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana began the hearing process, starting with the writ jointly filed by 146 lawmakers backing Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba’s claim to Prime Ministership.

According to the apex court’s order, 15 hours have been allocated to the writ petitioners and respondents for pleading.

At the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli, President Bhandari dissolved the lower house for the second time in five months on May 22 and announced snap elections on November 12 and November 19.

Prime Minister Oli is currently heading a minority government after losing a trust vote in the 275-member House.

The hearing comes a day after the Supreme Court quashed the appointment of 20 ministers by Oli, invalidating his two Cabinet expansions since the dissolution of the House of Representatives.

Some 30 writ petitions have been filed against the dissolution of the House of Representatives. The petitioners have demanded the reinstatement of the House and the appointment of Deuba as the prime minister.