Petitioners seek full bench of Supreme Court in the hearing of house dissolution case

Published On: January 6, 2021 02:57 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 6: The lawyers, who filed separate writ petitions challenging the decision of Prime Minister K P Oli to dissolve the lower house of the federal parliament, have demanded a full bench of the apex court in the course of the preliminary hearing on the case on Wednesday.

Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana had earlier formed a five-member constitutional bench under him. The bench includes Justices Bishwambhar Prasad Shrestha, Tej Bahadur KC, Anil Kumar Sinha and Hari Krishna Karki.

Arguing that the case deserves to be heard in the full bench as this is a politically highly significant issue for the country, the petitioners have demanded Chief Justice Rana to make an arrangement to forward the case to a full bench. As many as 13 writ petitions have been filed at the apex court challenging the decision of Oli to dissolve the parliament on December 20.

The five-member constitutional bench is currently hearing the case. Earlier, the apex court had issued a show-cause notice to the Office of President and Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers on their decision to dissolve the parliament. The defendants have already submitted their response to the top court in the country.

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