A new Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court was constituted on Sunday to hear petitions filed against the dissolution of the House of Representatives in Nepal on May 22. The bench has been constituted by Chief Justice of Nepal Cholendra Shamsher Rana on the basis of seniority and expertise of the justices of the Supreme Court. Earlier, the two judges included in the Constitution Bench were questioned by the opposition parties. After which the Chief Justice had to constitute a new bench.
These judges are included in the new constitution
The new constitution bench comprises Justice Deepak Kumar Karki, Justice Anand Mohan Bhattarai, Justice Meera Dhungna, Justice Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada and the Chief Justice himself, the Himalayan Times reported. Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari, on the advice of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who is heading a minority government, dissolved the 275-member House of Representatives for the second time in five months on May 22 and announced mid-term elections on November 12 and 19. was.
Hearing of petitions affected due to dispute
After Justice Vishambhar Prasad Shrestha fell ill, his subsequent senior judges Justice Bhattarai and Justice Khatiwada have been included in the Constitution Bench. Earlier, the hearing was affected due to a dispute in the constitution of the Constitution Bench. According to the news, Chief Justice Rana had earlier selected Justice Deepak Kumar Karki, Justice Anand Mohan Bhattarai, Justice Tej Bahadur KC and Justice Bam Kumar Shrestha for the bench which was on about 30 petitions filed against the dissolution of the House unconstitutionally. Heard.
Petitions seeking restoration of the House will be heard
Around 146 members of the dissolved House have also filed petitions in the Supreme Court with a request for restoration of the House. These include Nepal Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba who also staked claim to form a new government under Article 76(5) of the Constitution. President Bhandari rejected the claims of both Prime Minister Oli and the opposition coalition to form the government, saying the claims were insufficient.
What was the controversy about the judges
Controversy erupted after Deuba’s lawyer raised questions on the inclusion of two justices in the Constitution Bench, which had earlier decided in the reconsideration case of the integration and registration of the Communist Party of Nepal. After Justice Tej Bahadur KC and Justice Bam Kumar Shrestha decided not to leave the bench, two other judges recused themselves from the bench. This forced Chief Justice Rana to reconstitute the bench.
Meanwhile, the opposition coalition on Saturday condemned the cabinet reshuffle by the Oli government. Oli had reshuffled the cabinet on Friday. The new cabinet consists of three deputy prime ministers, 12 cabinet ministers and two ministers of state.