KATHMANDU, Dec 29: A writ petition has been filed at the Supreme Court demanding a court order to bar the newly-appointed ministers from carrying out their day to day responsibilities.
Senior advocate Dinesh Tripathi filed a writ petition at the apex court on Tuesday, challenging the decision of Prime Minister Oli to induct new members into his cabinet and reshuffling the responsibilities of several incumbent ministers earlier last week.
Arguing that Oli turned into a caretaker prime minister the day he took the decision to dissolve parliament, Tripathi has demanded the apex court’s verdict to bar the newly-appointed ministers from carrying out their duties with immediate effect. He has made the Office of Prime Minister and Council Minister and Office of President as defendants in the writ petition.
On Friday, Prime Minister Oli inducted eight new ministers and one state minister into his cabinet, while also making a massive reshuffle in the ministerial portfolios of the incumbent ministers. The hearing on the writ petition is scheduled for Wednesday.
This is the second writ petition filed against the decision of Prime Minister Oli to induct new faces into the cabinet after dissolving the lower house of the federal parliament. A section of lawyers has argued that Oli can no longer induct new faces into the cabinet as he as the prime minister has already fallen into a caretaker status after the parliament was dissolved and dates for the midterm elections were announced.