KATHMANDU, Jan 26: Two separate cases of contempt of court were filed against Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Senior advocate Dr Kumar Sharma Acharya and advocate Kanchan Krishna Neupane filed two separate contempt of court cases against the prime minister for his ‘demeaning’ remarks against senior-most advocate Krishna Prasad Bhandari.
In their writ petitions, the advocates duo have condemned Oli's remarks denigrating senior-most advocate Krishna Prasad Bhandari.
At a public event on Friday last week, the prime minister attacked Bhandari, calling him a “grandpa lawyer” and describing his presence at the ongoing hearing at the Supreme Court as a “farce".
Oli's statement came a couple of days after senior-most advocate Bhandari, taking part in the hearing, termed the government's decision to dissolve parliament unconstitutional.
Prem Bahadur Khadka, Sher Bahadur KC, Shambhu Thapa and Harihar Dahal, the four former chairpersons of NBA, last week stated that slandering the senior-most advocate is a shameful attack on the entire legal profession. They also urged all legal eagles to firmly oppose the attack on their profession and demanded that Oli apologize.
"Oli's remarks are tantamount to contempt of court as he spoke on a case that is sub judice at the apex court," they said.
While lambasting Oli's repeated attacks on the judiciary, they also demanded that Oli seek an apology for the same.