A new constitutional formation of the Supreme Court was formed on Sunday to hear petitions against the dissolution of Nepal’s House of Representatives on May 22. The judiciary was appointed by Chief Justice of Nepal Cholendra Shamsher Rana on the basis of the seniority and expertise of Supreme Court justices. Previously, the two judges included in the bench of the Constitution were questioned by the opposition parties. After which the Chief Justice had to constitute a new magistracy.
These judges are included in the new constitution
The bench for the new constitution includes Judge Deepak Kumar Karki, Judge Anand Mohan Bhattarai, Judge Meera Dhungna, Judge Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada and the Chief Justice himself, the Himalayan Times reported. Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari, on the advice of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who heads a minority government, dissolved the 275-member House of Representatives for the second time in five months on May 22 and announced mid-year elections. mandate on November 12. and 19. was.
Hearing of petitions affected by a dispute
After Judge Vishambhar Prasad Shrestha fell ill, his next senior judges, Judge Bhattarai and Judge Khatiwada, were included in the constitution. Previously, the hearing had been affected due to a dispute in the constitution of the Constitutional Chamber. According to the news, Chief Justice Rana had previously chosen Judge Deepak Kumar Karki, Judge Anand Mohan Bhattarai, Judge Tej Bahadur KC and Judge Bam Kumar Shrestha for the bench which was out of around 30 petitions filed against the dissolution of the House unconstitutionally.
Petitions calling for the restoration of the House will be heard
About 146 members of the dissolved House also filed petitions with the Supreme Court with a request for the restoration of the House. These include the Speaker of the Nepalese Congress, Sher Bahadur Deuba, who also called for the formation of a new government under Article 76 (5) of the Constitution. President Bhandari rejected requests from Prime Minister Oli and the opposition coalition to form the government, arguing that these requests were insufficient.
What was the controversy over the judges
Controversy erupted after Deuba’s lawyer raised questions about the inclusion of two judges in the Constitution bench, which had already ruled in the Party’s integration and registration review case. Communist of Nepal. After Judge Tej Bahadur KC and Judge Bam Kumar Shrestha decided not to leave the bench, two other judges recused themselves. This forced Chief Justice Rana to reconstitute the bench.
Meanwhile, the opposition coalition on Saturday condemned the cabinet reshuffle of the Oli government. Oli had reshuffled the cabinet on Friday. The new cabinet consists of three deputy prime ministers, 12 ministers and two ministers of state.