Hearing on petitions against citizenship of Home Minister Lamichhane begins at constitutional bench

Published On: January 25, 2023 01:24 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 25: The final hearing on the case involving the citizenship and passport of Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane has begun at the constitutional bench of the Supreme Court.

The constitutional bench comprises Acting Chief Justice Hari Krishna Karki, Justices Bishwambhar Prasad Shrestha, Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada, Anand Mohan Bhattarai, and Anil Kumar Sinha.

A petition was filed on December 14 by advocate Raviraj Basaula and others, questioning the eligibility of Rabi Lamichhane to be a member of parliament (MP) and calling for the revocation of his position as an MP.

The constitutional bench held a hearing on December 26 and discussed the issue of whether or not to issue an interim order on January 06. The bench had fixed a full hearing for January 25.

The writ petition demands that Lamichhane should not have been allowed to take the oath as a Member of Parliament. Lamichhane has been a subject of controversy due to his involvement in a dual citizenship case.

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