PM Oli failed to respect apex court verdict to reinstate parliament, claim four former chief justices

Published On: May 28, 2021 06:09 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, May 28: Four former chief justices of the Supreme Court (SC) have said that Prime Minister KP Oli has failed to respect the spirit of apex court verdict by dissolving parliament for a second time. 

In a joint statement on Friday, former chief justices of the apex court Meen Bahadur Rayamajhi, Anoop Raj Sharma, Kalyan Shrestha and Sushila Karki also alleged that the verdict of the apex court to reinstate parliament was made meaningless by Prime Minister Oli to meet his vested interests. "This has created a grave situation to disrespect the principle of the supremacy of law and make laws meaningless. This kind of situation is dangerous for democracy," they have said in the statement. 

The four former chief justices also said that Prime Minister Oli was forcibly staying in power even as he was automatically relieved from his post after he lost a vote of confidence in parliament. "The attempt of the prime minister to give continuity to his stay in power even after repeatedly failing to secure a vote of confidence and play roles like a legitimate government that has secured a vote of confidence are not allowed by the constitution, democracy and moral discretion," reads the statement.  

They have also maintained that the exercise of Article 76 of the constitution by Prime Minister Oli does not only go against the letter and spirit of the constitution but also the spirit of democracy. "This has increased threats to finish off democracy itself," they have added. Among other things, they have also expressed serious reservations over the preparation of the government to introduce a full-fledged budget even as the government has already fallen into caretaker status.

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