Third petition filed at SC to revoke appointments made in various constitutional bodies

Published On: July 20, 2021 10:07 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, July 20: A supplementary petition has been filed in the Supreme Court on Monday stating that hearing of the writ petition filed earlier seeking the annulment of the appointment made to the constitutional bodies by the KP Sharma Oli-led government by bringing an ordinance, has not taken place. The government led by newly-appointed Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has already repealed the ordinance on appointments to the constitutional bodies.

Advocate Omprakash Aryal has filed a petition for the third time saying that the previous petition has not been heard. Prior to this, he has already registered two petitions demanding annulment of the appointments made in various constitutional bodies.

Aryal has demanded an interim order to stop the work being done by the officials of the constitutional bodies and not to provide any services. The Oli-led government had introduced an ordinance and appointed 52 people in various constitutional bodies. A supplementary petition was filed seeking annulment of the appointments.

"The appointment process seems to be corrupt at first glance and the legitimacy of the post is in crisis. Those working illegally must be stopped,” the petitioner has demanded.  

Advocate Aryal had earlier filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court seeking annulment of the ordinance on the Constitutional Council issued by President Bidya Devi Bhandari on the recommendation of the previous cabinet. The petitioner has demanded the revocation of the work done on the basis of the first amendment ordinance and ordinance related to the Constitutional Council (Work, Duties, Rights and Procedure) issued twice.

The writ petitioner has claimed that the ordinance issued on May 4 was unconstitutional. After the issuance of the ordinance, a meeting of the Constitutional Council was held on May 9 and the names of various persons were recommended for the vacant posts in the constitutional bodies. The writ petitioner has demanded declaring the appointments made through unconstitutional recommendations based on the ordinance invalid.

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