Petition filed at court against Karnali Province govt

Published On: February 8, 2022 06:45 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KARNALI, Feb 8: A writ petition has been filed at the High Court Surkhet, against the Karnali Province’s Council of Ministers, claiming that the provincial government is not inclusive. 

Advocate Sher Bahadur Khatri and rights advocate Tika Bista registered the petition at the high court today, arguing that the provincial Council of Ministers was formed in contravention of the inclusive principle guaranteed by Article 168 (9) of the Constitution of Nepal.

Chief Minister Jeevan Bahadur Shahi on Sunday appointed new ministers and expanded the Council of Ministers in accordance with Article 168 (9) and Article 170 (1) of the Constitution. 

The eight-member Karnali Province Council of Ministers does not have the participation of women and Dalit community. The ruling coalition parties have seven female members in the Province Assembly.

The petition has named the Office of the Chief Minister and Council of Ministers as the defendant. The petitioners have sought a stay order along with certiorari and mandamus. 

Similarly, the writ petition has demanded that the High Court issue a certiorari and mandamus order in the name of the defendant to get the decision of forming the Council of Ministers annulled and to reconstitute it with the participation of women and Dalits.

The petition has also sought an interim order not to allow the newly-appointed ministers carry out their duties until the final decision on the petition is made.


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