Hearing on House dissolution case at SC

We’ll get Constituent Assembly recordings if necessary: Chief Justice Rana

Published On: January 17, 2021 03:10 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 17: During the ongoing hearing on the writ petitions seeking the restoration of the House of Representatives (HoR), Chief Justice (CJ) Cholendra Shumsher JBR said that they would ask for the recordings of series of discussions held at the Constituent Assembly (CA) if necessary.

Participating in the hearing at the Supreme Court on Sunday, petitioners including advocate Dinesh Tripati demanded the bench to ask for the recordings from the CA that promulgated the Constitution of Nepal.

Responding to them, Chief Justice Rana stated that their demand had been noted and will be sought from the CA if and when necessary.

Hearings have been held at the apex court’s five-member Constitutional Bench led by CJ Rana on 13 writ petitions filed against the dissolution of the 275-member HoR by President Bidya Devi Bhandari at the recommendation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. The apex court formed a five-member constitutional bench under Chief Justice Cholendra SJB Rana. The other members of the bench are justices Bishwambhar Prasad Shrestha, Tej Bahadur KC, Anil Kumar Sinha and Sapana Pradan Malla.

The Supreme Court on Jan 15 ordered that the hearing on the writ petitions filed against the dissolution of the House of Representative (HoR) would be conducted by the constitutional bench itself  despite the call of the petitioners to take the case to the full bench.

Stating that the case of parliament dissolution is a serious case of judicial interpretation, the apex court ruled that the hearing on the writ petitions against parliament dissolution would be made by the five-member constitutional bench. The apex court made this decision after two continuous hearings conducted on Jan 14 and 15.

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