Nepal Supreme Court may fix its jurisdiction on Monday in case of dissolution of Parliament

Published by PTI, Kathmandu: Gaurav Pandey Monday, 12 July 2021 12:10 AM IST

Abstract

The Supreme Court of Nepal will hear its verdict on Monday on various petitions filed by President Vidya Bhandari against the dissolution of Parliament. The court’s decision is expected to end months of political turmoil in the country.

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On the recommendation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, President Bhanderi dissolved the lower house of Parliament for the second time in five months on May 22 and called for mid-term elections on November 12 and 19. Thirty petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court against his move. Prime Minister Olli Rikk બાદnen is currently leading a minority government after losing a vote of confidence in the 275-member House.

A petition was also filed by a coalition of opposition parties seeking to restore the lower house of parliament and appoint Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba as prime minister. The petition has the signatures of 146 MPs. The constitutional bench of the court completed hearing on July 5 on various petitions. A four-member amicus curiae has also given its opinion on this.

Dinesh Tripathi, a senior counsel for the petitioners, said the court would hear the verdict on Monday. Tripathi said the court would take into account the provisions of the constitution and past examples when giving its verdict and it would be a historic decision. The Election Commission last week announced the timetable for the next mid-term elections, under which the election process will begin on July 15.

In detail

On the recommendation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, President Bhanderi dissolved the lower house of Parliament for the second time in five months on May 22 and called for mid-term elections on November 12 and 19. Thirty petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court against his move. Prime Minister Olli Rikk બાદnen is currently leading a minority government after losing a vote of confidence in the 275-member House.

A petition was also filed by a coalition of opposition parties seeking to restore the lower house of parliament and appoint Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba as prime minister. The petition has the signatures of 146 MPs. The constitutional bench of the court completed hearing on July 5 on various petitions. A four-member amicus curiae has also given its opinion on this.

Dinesh Tripathi, a senior counsel for the petitioners, said the court would hear the verdict on Monday. Tripathi said the court would take into account the provisions of the constitution and past examples when giving its verdict and it would be a historic decision. The Election Commission last week announced the timetable for the next mid-term elections, under which the election process will begin on July 15.

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